Plot against PM intensifies

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said he suspected there was a covert political hand behind attempts by his ex-fiancée Locadia Karimatsenga to scuttle his wedding ceremony.

Karimatsenga’s application filed in the Harare High Court yesterday seeking an interdict to stop the Prime Minister’s planned wedding to Elizabeth Macheka at the Rain Tree Gardens in Umwinsdale on September 15 is causing one giant headache for Tsvangirai as he attempts to plan the perfect wedding.

She first tried to overshadow the bride by insisting she was still married to Tsvangirai, and now Karimatsenga is threatening to veto the ceremony altogether.

The 39-year-old commodity broker wants a final order interdicting Morgan and Elizabeth from marrying each other in terms of the Marriages Act (Chapter 5:11) on September 15 or any other day.

The matter has been set down for hearing on Tuesday before Justice Antonio Guvava at 1430hrs in the High Court chambers.

Curiously one of the respondents in the case is registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede.

The curvaceous businesswoman says she still loves the PM and does not object to him taking a second wife, but added that she has been advised by her lawyer Jonathan Samukange that she will suffer “irreparable prejudice” and there will be a number of other disadvantages if Tsvangirai married Macheka.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said yesterday all this was part of two concurrent intelligence plots dubbed Operation Blackhawk and Operation Spiderweb.

State Security minister Sydney Sekeramayi in charge of intelligence could not immediately respond to the allegations yesterday as a man who picked up his phone said he was unavailable to take our call.

Senior MDC sources allege Zanu PF coaxed Karimatsenga to mount the civil action after finding out he was walking out on their one-month marriage. The Harare businesswoman begged Tsvangirai not to end their marriage last November and later miscarried. The “baby heartbreak” left her “traumatised”.

Sources said the civil action plot, allegedly engineered by a top Zanu PF Women’s League official (name withheld on legal advice), contains text messages and other damning details of the PM’s short liaison with Karimatsenga.

Tamborinyoka said yesterday all this was part of Operation Blackhawk and Operation Spiderweb which he said was financed to the tune of $100 million to cause maximum damage to the person of Tsvangirai.

“Yesterday it’s a lawsuit. Today, they have filed an urgent application to stop the wedding,” Tamborinyoka said. “But the people’s resilient dream will not die. The embodiment of that dream will march this country to the promised land.”

Karimatsenga however, insists in court papers that Tsvangirai is still her husband “who is married to me in terms of our customary law which marriage still subsists.”

She acknowledged that Macheka is Tsvangirai’s second wife, “whom he has married in terms of African Customary Law but whom 1st respondent is proposing to marry in terms of the Marriages Act, Chapter 5:11.”

“This forms the basis of the present application,” says the papers lodged in the High Court yesterday.

Samukange of Venturas and Samukange, a top Harare lawyer who is also eying a Zanu PF parliamentary seat in Mudzi, says the court application was delayed because his client was not sure of the wedding plans.
“Unless this honourable court stops the marriage, the 1st and 2nd respondents will be married within the next seven days,” the court application says.

“It is for this reason that this matter is very urgent. I have no other remedy other than to approach this honourable court for the relief I seek.”

She says she has tried to engage her “husband” in the hope that these issues can be resolved amicably.
“My husband, I believe is still angry with me for the miscarriage,” she says.

“My husband, I believe could be suffering from a psychological and mental problem as a result of this miscarriage.”

She says the miscarriage has “mentally devastated him and is using me as a scapegoat.”

“I have not blamed him for the miscarriage,” she says. “I have accepted it as God’s will. My husband has not come to terms with this. He is mentally unstable in that he has gone to marry the 2nd Respondent whom he met a few months ago, whom he had not even introduced to his family and his family still considers me as his wife.

“This shows his mental state and that is why I question his mental ability to even engage in this marriage. I believe that he is taking his frustrations of the miscarriage by marrying the 2nd Respondent. I believe my husband needs psychological evaluation and assistance.”

Despite all this, she claims “I love him very much and would want to remain married to him.”

“I believe that his psychological problems can be resolved by him seeking counselling from qualified psychologists or mental specialists,” she says.

She says if Tsvangirai marries Macheka next week, “by operation of law, I will cease to be his wife.”
“I will not be entitled to any of the privileges and rights that I have been entitled to as a spouse, such as conjugal rights, love, affection and companionship,” she says.

“The marriage I have contracted with my husband in terms of African Customary Law and Tradition is potentially polygamous and this is the reason why when he married the 2nd Respondent I did not complain or protest. If my husband married the 2nd Respondent, it means I can no longer have sexual intercourse with him as this would mean if I were to do so I would be committing adultery.”


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