Tsvangirai's Office Dismisses SA Woman Claims

Nosipho Regina Shilubane, the South African woman filed objections to Tsvangirai marrying before regional magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi. Shilubane, whose case is supposed to be heard in court on Friday, said Tsvangirai had promised to marry her thus she was seeking the court to prevent the premier’s marriage.

Shilubane’s application at the magistrate’s court came a day after Tsvangirai had scored a victory over former lover Locardia Karimatsenga, who is also battling to stop the Saturday wedding.

The High Court threw out Karimatsenga’s application, which sought to stop the wedding on the grounds that customary marriage was not legally recognised.

“The latest claim, for example, has sought to wrongfully allege that the complainant had engaged with Prime Minister Tsvangirai. This is false,” Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said in a statement.

“Some of the claims are part of a grand political scheme to besmirch, to malign and to soil the image of the Prime Minister for political gain.”

He said the past week Tsvangirai had faced two interdicts to stop his wedding in what was clearly a well-choreographed move replete with malice and vindictiveness.

“It is evident these are not normal claims, but nevertheless, the Prime Minister’s lawyers have opposed them, including another one curiously lodged soon after Ms Lorcadia Karimatsenga had had her application dismissed by the High Court,” Tamborinyoka said.

“Some of the claims are part of a grand political scheme to besmirch, to malign and to soil the image of the Prime Minister for political gain.”

“Zimbabweans are pleased that the PM has now found a rightful companion with whom he publicly engaged; a loved one he will publicly wed on Saturday,” he said.