PM wants Locardia divorce

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has begun proceedings to divorce “wife” Locardia Karimatsenga, but the spurned businesswoman says the premier’s relatives are harassing her and have besieged her house.

Locardia’s relatives said Tsvangirai’s relatives yesterday besieged her Greendale home demanding a meeting to find a solution to the marriage misunderstanding.

Innocent Zvaipa and Manasa Tsvangirai, the PM’s emissaries are alleged to have spent the whole morning hunting down Locardia, and contacting most of her relatives.

Simba Shopera, Lorcadia’s brother confirmed the incident.

“I was contacted by Manasa and Zvaipa representing the Tsvangirai family. They said they want to talk to my sister Locardia. I told them they know the proper procedures to follow if they want a family meeting with my sister. They know how to do it and where to go as they did when they married my sister in November last year."

“The Tsvangirai family disowned my sister and embarrassed my family when they lied to the nation that they did not marry Locardia,” Simba told the Daily News.

“I know Zvaipa and Manasa because they came to our home to marry Locardia, but the way they are behaving is wrong. What do they want to talk to her about now? I am the father of the family and they must do it the right way rather than harass my sister,” said Simba.

Simba said he had received reports from Locardia informing him that the two men (Manasa and Zvaipa) came driving to her house in Greendale and parked their vehicle at the gate and started hooting demanding to see Locardia, who remained locked in the house.

“I do not know whether it is the right way of doing things, if they want to talk to her there is a proper way to follow,” said Simba.

Manasa and Zvaipa paid money to Karimatsenga family last November that Tsvangirai claims was compensation for impregnating Locardia.

However, a magistrate’s court ruled that Tsvangirai married Locardia customarily, and cancelled a marriage certificate issued by the same court for the premier to wed Elizabeth Macheka.

Zvaipa said he was not aware of the issue as he was no longer the emissary in the Karimatsenga case.

“This issue is between the PM and Locardia. I previously handled it with Manasa, and we went to the Karimatsenga family together, but now there are new developments to this matter and it is Manasa who is handling everything, so I do not know anything about it. Contact Manasa."

“However, why should the Karimatsengas go to the press without first talking to us as a family?” said Zvaipa.

Locardia was left to watch as Tsvangirai opted to marry another wife, Elizabeth Macheka at the weekend despite paying lobola for her earlier on.

On Monday in an exclusive interview with the Daily News Locardia, said she is still pursuing her $15 000-a-month maintenance bid and insists she remains the PM’s wife until he officially divorces her.

Karimatsenga said she did not have reservations with Tsvangirai taking a second wife, as long she is recognised as the first wife in terms of customary law.

On Saturday, Tsvangirai, who had invited foreign leaders and other socialites in the country, had to settle for a mock wedding as the courts had ruled that he was customarily married to the property broker.

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