Regional leaders snub Tsvangirai's wedding

HARARE - Invited heads of states and government snubbed Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai “wedding” to Elizabeth Macheka, but that did not stop the ceremony from taking place with relatives demanding babies.

Only the Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Dlamini and Zambian labour minister, Fackson Shamenda, who was also Tsvangirai’s best man, were the notable figures from outside Zimbabwe.

President Robert Mugabe snubbed the ceremony which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.
Although it was not the wedding of the year, movers and shakers in society thronged the plush Rain Tree Gardens in Umwinsidale, Harare where the wedding took place.

Ambassadors, prominent musician Oliver Mtukudzi, swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry, Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and big-brother participant Maneta Mazanhi were some of the notable figures who graced the event.

The ceremony took place around 2pm and later on moved to the Glamis Arena where Tsvangirai’s followers got a glimpse of his wife.

After the Glamis Arena showcase, the couple went back to the Raintree Gardens where senior MDC officials broke into song and took to the dance floor as they outperformed each other in celebration of their leader’s union.

During the after-party function, Tsvangirai’s mother said she was happy for her son.

“I must say I am overwhelmed by this occasion and I am happy. I do not know about those who are not happy, but for me I am so happy for my son,” she said.

One of the bride’s aunts echoed the sentiments, as Tsvangirai’s mother said they were looking forward to seeing babies soon. - Lloyd Mbiba

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