I fear for my life: Elizabeth

HARARE - Elizabeth, wife to former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, says her life is in danger and she no longer feels safe as she is being followed round the clock by people she suspects to have a sinister agenda.

In an exclusive telephone interview with the Daily News yesterday, Elizabeth, who is now into real estate business, claimed the continued surveillance on her movements is making her uncomfortable and she is now losing clients because of that.

“I am being harassed daily by these people who follow me wherever I go. I now do not know whether I am a Zimbabwean or not,” she said.

Married to the veteran opposition leader for two years now, she operates her own businesses which include real estate company, Royal Properties.

Elizabeth says she is an independent woman, who prefers to travel freely without the aid or protection from bodyguards.

“Apart from being married to a politician, I am just an ordinary Zimbabwean, yet I am being harassed. My clients are being harassed and I am now very scared,” she said.

She said one of her clients was questioned yesterday by some men who followed her to Tnywald, a suburb west of Harare.

“Some of these people are claiming to be journalists and they asked one of my clients what kind of business he was doing with the former prime minister’s wife.

“Today (yesterday), I was followed by four men who were driving a white twin cab vehicle. I had a scheduled meeting with a land developer and went to see her around 4 pm. I wanted to discuss business with her and the four men came in,” said Elizabeth.

Scared that something could happen to her, Elizabeth left petrified with her aid in tow, leaving the four men to interrogate her client.

Narrating her ordeal, Elizabeth said her husband Tsvangirai is equally worried by the unsolicited shadowing.

She said she had not yet reported the matter to the police because she had wrongly assumed that she would eventually shake off the goons stalking her.

Elizabeth said in July some of her clients informed her that they were being harassed for doing business with her.

“One of the clients we are doing business with works in government and he told us he could not proceed with the deal because he was being harassed,” she said.

Elizabeth said the surveillances have affected her businesses and life.

“I have a family and I am also an employer. If I cannot operate freely how do I pay my workers?

“I am now being forced to take from my own savings in order to help the workers who have families.

“Zvinotyisa kuti urikuteerwa. ( I’m scared at being stalked).  I am very independent and I do not want bodyguards. Hapana chinhu chinotyisa sekuziva kuti urikuteverwa. (It’s scary) I do not feel safe because now I do not know the reason behind all this. I am afraid because I do not know what could happen to me,” she said.

Comments (11)

Could be your jealous husband keeping track of you. These marriage to convenience come with high stakes.

taps - 1 September 2014

It obviously points to mistrust between her and the husband, especially considering her leaked cases of infedility.

reason - 1 September 2014

Why would her husband stalk her and harass her clients. What has her husband to do with those employed in government. We need people who use brains than bums.

Maita Manyuka - 1 September 2014

These are the consequences of office. Office does not only come with fancy trappings.

Observer - 1 September 2014

Mrs Elizabeth you are in for it. These are threats or instructions from the first family Mugabes. Remember you have proved to be more respectable than Grace Mugabe and you are in for it. I am sorry to say that its either you lose your business or your life. These are Zanu Pf ploys. How can a nation develop when these vultures goes for a kill for anyone who would have outsmarted them. May Dear Lord save us from Mugabe and Zanu Pf, moyo yavo yakaoma vakauridzira tsamwa unochiona and thats the case that you are in Elizaberth We know Lord that you have plans for Zimbabwe that are not known to us mere people. First it was the povo uprising in Arab countries in Africa and now in Sourthen Africa is the revolt within. It has started with Lesotho. Who knows which nation is next. Mwari tisunungurei, tava varanda munyika yedu. Ukatungamira vanokutsvinga ndare ukada kunyunyu vanokupisa muromo and ukasariri vanokunyomba, thats how zanu pf is. Zvavanoda utoshaya kuti chii

Reason Maziwise - 1 September 2014

Vakadzi vemaleaders udu margan na bob vanorovesa zvinhu kikikikikikikikikiki kana histiry yekuroorwa kwavo vese ine mibvunzo jahwi

H - 1 September 2014

Tanga wadzorera chematama mari yawakamudya, ndizvo kuti zvipere. plus waitemesa futi.

reason - 1 September 2014

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know who is behind all this.

Mudhiniwe - 1 September 2014

But of what more political value is she to ZANU-PF or any other party that they would follow her around when even her husband can no longer scare the rats in the house? She agreed to be used by politicians but her dreams were shuttered when elections were lost. Times have changed. The accolades and hero worshipping from foreign governments have dried up. The glitter is gone. Now she is stranded in a loveless, moneyless marriage and is itching to get out but papa has his own problems to waste time on that. Well, Liz, just pack up and leave – just like all other women do when they come to a dead end. You are complaining to a man who is powerless and being followed around by his own former comrades. You need not pretended to anyone because the next thing that is going to happen is that you two are going to hurt each other worse and embarrass the nation worse than ever before. Just go about your business, Madame. Just do your usual and not bother because there are thousands of Zimbabweans who are in real danger and are being followed around for real and with deadly intentions. Real, not imaginary danger. No one is following you unless, maybe, Grace Mugabe is looking for a new conquest in your husband. And that one can do it.

Tanonoka Joseph Whande - 2 September 2014

This could be part of a larger ploy to block access of funds to Chematama. Someone may have realised that income/donations can come through the wife's business. Anyone could meet with the wife under the guise of discussing Property and give any amount even cash e.g US$50k. So no one would know because she was not being monitored. So they have decided to plug that loophole. That's why they quiz the clients after that to make sure they know whats going on and discourage others too. Remember Strive (and many other as well) in 2000 and he had to leave country and eventually sell the newspaper he had rescued.

Educated - 2 September 2014

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