Tsvangirai Fires Right Hand Man Makone For Financing Karimatsenga in Court Battle
MDC-T sources told RadioVop Tuesday Tsvangirai replaced Makone with Kent Law University senior lecturer Alex Magaisa to the position of Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Tsvangirai fired Makone after he had discovered he was advising Locardia Karimatsenga in her court case with him and was also financing her throughout the process,” said the source on condition of anonymity.
Tsvangirai suffered a setback in his bid to wed his new wife Elizabeth Macheka under the civil marriage last month after the courts ruled that he was still customarily married to Karimatsenga.
The MDC-T leader is said to have proceeded to fire from his office, former DJ James Maridadi who was director of protocol, Pastor Lazarus Muriritirwa who was principal director for policy implementation.
Tsvangirai also reassigned to Harvest House, his former personal assistant Ghandi Mudzingwa.
It was not clear why Maridadi and Muriritirwa were fired although Maridadi is thought to be related to the Makones.
Pastor Muriritirwa found himself in the papers last month when a South African woman who claimed to have been promised marriage by Tsvangirai fingered Muriritirwa as having converted his house into a love nest for her and the premier.
It was said Theresa Makone, co-Home Affairs Minister and wife to Makone was also in the line of fire.
The Makones are said to have been having too much influence on Tsvangirai to a point of finding girlfriends for the MDC-T leader, who lost his wife of three decades in a tragic car crash 2009.
Reached for comment, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka suggested there have indeed been changes within the Prime Minister’s Office but denied the foursome was fired.
“The Prime Minister reserves the right to make changes to his office but to say that anyone has been fired is to mislead and to speculate. If indeed there are any changes, then a statement would be made,” said Tamborinyoka