Wedding bells for Oppah

HARARE - After a four-year relationship that has spawned rumour in Manicaland, wedding bells are finally tolling for Higher and Tertiary Education minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Pentecostal preacher Bishop Anthony Kashiri.

The lovebirds, who first met in church, will tie the knot in Mutare “soon”, at a private ceremony that close relatives have described as “low-key” and “typical of Oppah”.

But other sources say the couple is in no hurry to walk down the aisle, even though the 56-year-old minister and key ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe admitted last Thursday that she was now officially married to the down-to-earth preacher.

The press was on hand snapping candid photos of the loving couple, who all along frantically tried to keep their affair under wraps.

On Thursday, Muchinguri announced their nuptials to the public.

Details are still few and far between — the couple has always been unusually private — but what we do know is that the lovebirds were getting all lovey-dovey at Mutare Polytechnic during the Zanu PF provincial co-ordination committee meeting at Headlands Hall.

“This is my husband, and we are happily married,” Muchinguri said, drawing uproarious applause.

“I am now Mai Kashiri. You continue to refer to me as Mai Muchinguri because probably you did not know that I am now married.

“I am now Mai Kashiri,” she beamed.

“We have all along been keeping a low profile as we tried to avoid paparazzi. You know what they do and are capable of.”

The rumour mill went into overdrive when she divorced her first husband, Tapiwa Rushesha, in the 90s.

She told a meeting organised by Women in Politics Support Unit (Wipsu) last January in Harare, that her divorce came through after five years of intense media scrutiny in newspapers.

At that occasion, she also denied ever dating the late music icon Simon ‘Chopper’ Chimbetu and also refuted rumours that she was once involved in a cat fight with Grace over earrings.

She said she wondered where the rumours emanated from.

“People said I dated Chimbetu, but where would I have seen him he was not on my level?” she told young aspiring women politicians at a mentorship programme held in Harare.

Rumour of the alleged relationship between Chimbetu and the minister erupted in the mid-90s when the late dendera musician penned a song in which he extolled the virtues of an imaginary woman by the name “Oppah”.

“She is like an angel sent for me,” Chopper sang.

Meanwhile, media reports in the late 1990s claimed she had a public scuffle with the First Lady at the Harare International Airport over ear-rings allegedly bought for her by President Robert Mugabe. According to the report, Grace had then ordered her off the plane, bound for a foreign trip, the report claimed.

This was all false, according to Muchinguri.

“Some said I fought with the first lady over ear rings. Such stories were not true,” she said.

At independence, she was appointed private secretary to the President between 1980 and 1981.

She was later to become deputy minister twice, first for External Affairs between 1989 and 1993 and of Environment and Tourism between 1993 and 1997.

Her first ministerial post came in 1997 when she was made minister of State in the President’s Office, a post she held until 2000. In 2005, she was appointed minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development.

In the ongoing factional fights in Zanu PF, she is a key member of the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction that has so far successfully waged a mission to prevent Joice Mujuru from succeeding Mugabe.

On Thursday she proudly stated that she is now happily married to the reverend. 

Well-wishes for the happy couple have been pouring in on social media, as well as from some of their high-profile Zanu PF friends.

In the past, the former girl guerrilla has been known to act impulsively.

Close family sources said as a mum, she had vowed not to speak about any new romance in her life unless it gets serious.

The politician, who also led the demolition job against Joice Mujuru and her allies, acted in a manner that spoke louder than words last Thursday. She just could not hide her affection for her new husband, who she has reportedly been dating for a couple of years.

She was inseparable from her new beau and affectionately smiling to him.

The new romance is clearly doing wonders for the Zanu PF Politburo member, who looked radiant and glowing in a red fringe dress.

Comments (33)

Ndibishop wechurch ipi vanonanzva marutsi evamwe?

jojo - 25 January 2015

congratulations dear sister. all the best with your new life.

tula - 25 January 2015

kubva kuhondo oppah anongorara nechero murume.bishop ava hamheno kuti vakakwana here. ihure ramugabe iri.hamheno mukazvikwanisa bishop.

skuzuapo - 25 January 2015

So the preacher is at your level now? I'm sorry to say Pastor Kashiri you've gone down to Timnath like Samson. No wonder Delilah is beaming.

Samaita - 25 January 2015

Good wine needs no bush, tambirai bhora pasi kana mava vakuru kudai. Roll models? I think not.

Mutongi Gava - 26 January 2015

At last she can tell us who killed Tongogara, Mujuru and Mahachi to name but just a few.

Edzai - 26 January 2015

The bible on matthew 19 vs 9 says, "And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and who so marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. Can I stand guided here. Was our honourable Minister not divorced by Mr. Rushesha? If the man of cloth marries someone who was put away is he not commiting adultery?

Cde Rakatambwa Dzvo-o-tsvo-o Bhunu - 26 January 2015

I wonder if Kashiri is indeed a Christian! The bible clearly states that any man who marries a divorcee commits adultery. Of course Oppah's adulterous life does not surprise anyone.This Kashiri must have been married before,judging by Oppah's 56yrs, or worse still Kashiri is married but has ran to Oppah for money & political power.Alas none of the above is in harmony with true Christianity.

MUGARANYENZE - 26 January 2015

Be happy Oppah. May the Lord bless you with your husband . I would love to be the MC at your wedding. Be happy.

SAWE - 26 January 2015

Mwari wenyu akasimba Bishop Anthony Kashiri, kukwekweredzana nemweya yetsvina yeZANU PF, muchiisa mumba. Yaidzengerera nenyika ichishaya anotora. Imi ndopamada ipapo Hamuite, hamuite!!

taps - 26 January 2015

Zinotendwa vatete Oppah. Mwanakadzi wedu tinokusuwira upenyu hwakanakisa neumwe wako. Garai murugare musarote hope chinotyisa kana kuvhundutswa nezvenyika ino, inopfuura.

Zvinotendwa - 26 January 2015

How does the bishop/reverend feel fucking someone who killed people like Tongogara as alleged upstairs, kicked away poor Rushesha, was screwed by Chimbetu, sucked the supreme leader's empty dick, side-swapped Joyce Mujuru et al?

Mashonaland Dickmarsh - 26 January 2015

ndipastor vekupi vanohura kwemakore akawanda kudaro. vesangano rake vachatii pamuchato.

kudos - 26 January 2015

No true God will bless this Oppah & Kashiri diabolic relationship.No sane person can campaign to be an MC of this satanic union.''HAVASI VOSE VANOTI, MWARI,MWARI VANOPINDA MUUMAMAMBO HWEKUDENGA.'' Bishop Kashiri knows that very well although lust for worldly joy has overcome him. Surely, Oppah& Kashiri relationship is just for worldly joy,nothing more, nothing less.

manyepo chete - 26 January 2015

Nevasingazivi kuti Zimbabwe yakabva kupi vongorwisa Mai Mujkuru here vakomana. Asi Jonso chii nhai?

Guchutu - 26 January 2015

Hure iri richangoramba richichinja varume. Chi ex-nanny. Kwanza makuhwa saka chichingo chinjanisa varume. Saka avekunzi Oppah Muchinguri-Rushezha-Kashiri. Triple barrel.

Der - 26 January 2015

bishop kashiri van"ora regai zvinotsva zvese kugehena.ko vakayestwa aids here.bishop vakaita hupombwe makore mangani chaiwo

soko - 26 January 2015

bishop kashiri van"ora regai zvinotsva zvese kugehena.ko vakayestwa aids here.bishop vakaita hupombwe makore mangani chaiwo

soko - 26 January 2015

Rambahako but Chimbetu fucked you chete.We know everything about you pako paZongoro apo.Anyway makorokoto sisy wangu myself being your homeboy

hoto - 26 January 2015

hosea married gomah as an instruction from god,i am not sure whether this union is equally made from the heavens

sinyoro - 26 January 2015

makorokoto samanyika, wabaye dede ngemukanwa Oppah

Opera - 26 January 2015

What a shame..ndaseka zvangu...Oppah ge3tting married??? Pastor pastor manyadzisa!!!

Garikayi - 26 January 2015

Mai Tanya makazorambana rini na Mudhara Nyemba?

ishe munyoro - 27 January 2015

Makorokoto Oppah Rushesha-Muchinguri-Nyemba-Kashiri. Sandimwi yere wekuti mwakaramba kurara naMutasa kuhondo naCde Bombandiani muchimanikidzwa naMai Mujuru? Mwapedze kutaura izvozvo mukati Mutasa haana kumbobvira aenda kuhondo. Ah, Bishop mwakashinga diko. Makorokoto kekare Mai Bishop!

Kunda Kinde - 27 January 2015

Nhai hama, mhombwe inganzi yabaya dede nemukanwa here? Zvirokwazvo tingati here bishop Kashiri vanga vachiri jaya risina kumboroora?Ko iye Oppah wacho tingati anga achiri mhandara isingazive varume here?Ichokwadi vaviri ava vanakirana havo muupombwe hwavo saka ngavaite sokuda kwavo asi hatingapembedzi chakaipa kwete.Apa imwe mhuri iri kutofa takatarisa.

TAMBURAI - 27 January 2015

Opah has the right to marry any1.dont mix previous life ne present.inga muzw , varume vazhinji vakatora mu ma bhawa etc,nhasi vagere bom,pachirungu hatitaure.her marriage has nothing to do with zanupf or politics,regai mai varorwe please

jako - 27 January 2015

Zim media is no good. Ko relationship yaOppah naWilliam Nyemba masiireyi? Vanhu ava vakadanana too bad zvaizivikanwa but alas you not telling the populace about it. Nyemba naOppah vaita chipfambi coz Nyemba was married.

Tawa Zaru - 27 January 2015

makorokoto mwari akuitirei zvakana past is past

tsitsi magoronga - 28 January 2015

sisi oppa makorokoto best lady sisi joy mujuru best man didmus Mutasa

Mabvongodze - 29 January 2015

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