Recoil From Tsvangirai’s Personal Life: US Envoy

Speaking to Radio VOP on Thursday night in Bulawayo Ray said Zimbabweans should focus on pertinent issues instead of spending time on Tsvangirai’s personal life which has nothing to do with his public performance as country’s premier.

“You cannot judge his performance in government because of his personal life. People should not spent time discussing about his personal life as it will divert us from really pertinent issues on the country’s economic development,” said Ray.

Ray added: “If we really want to discuss about his personal life lets also scrutinise personal lives of all other leaders of this country.”

Several Zimbabweans have blasted the Premier in the past week for leading a life which encourages the spread of HIV and AIDS.

On social network sites like Facebook and Twitter most people were blasting him over the last week saying a man of his stature should behave in a manner that cast him as a role model to the young citizens of Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday Tsvangirai issued a statement lifting a lid on the controversial relationship to Tembo and also confirming that he had indeed married the Harare commodity broker but has since changed his heart claiming that the relationship has been taken over by forces beyond him.

The statement by Tsvangirai was the first by the country’s most populous leader on the matter which grabbed front page headlines over the last two weeks.

The Premier also confirmed that he had indeed put into motion the process of marrying Tembo by performing traditional marriage rites on 18 November when he sent a delegation comprising of his relatives to the Tembo homestead in Christon Bank near Mazowe.

President Robert Mugabe also defended the Premier and asked the media to keep off his marriage controversy.