Tsvangirai paid $36 000 lobola for Locadia Karimatsenga, a wealthy Harare businesswoman whom he first met at a South African airport.
Karimatsenga is related to Zanu-PF legislator for Goromonzi Beater Nyamupinga. Their relationship was once vehemently opposed by some members of his party who saw it as a trap because of her links to
Zanu-PF members. Sources say, the relationship has blessings of Tsvangirai’s close allies.
Tsvangirai sent emmissaries led by his uncle Sekuru Zvaipa to pay lobola at the Karimatsenga homestead in Christon Bank near Mazowe.
He is said to have asked for a wedding, after the traditional marriage formalities had ended, a request which was promptly granted by his in-laws. A wedding date was not given but sources said, it is likely
to be next month.
Eyewitnesses told of how Tsvangirai rolled into the Karimatsenga’s homestead in a long convoy with curious onlookers in tow.
Tsvangirai who has tried hard over the past two years to keep a lid on his love life, a decision which only helped to swell speculation about his passions.
But the Monday event put to rest speculation that has been going around about the premier’s love life.
The media has linked Tsvangirai to several women among them who include his late wife’s
sister, Leah Mhundwa, who is said to be looking after his last born twins in Johannesburg, South Africa where
they are schooling.
The excitement over Tsvangirai’s love life was first ignited by his appearance at South African president Jacob Zuma’s inauguration ceremony in 2009, just months after the death of his wife, with a
United States based Zimbabwean medical doctor, Arikana Chihombori.
In his book, Morgan Tsvangirai at the Deep End, he passionately writes about the loss of his wife describing her as a pillar in his life.
Tsvangirai said his late wife Susan was his adviser and his friend in times of need.