Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Inherits Wife

Tsvangirai inherited Leah Mhundwa, the youngest sister in Susan’s family at a ceremony held at his Buhera homestead on Sunday.

Informed sources who attended the ceremony told Radio VOP that the wife inheritance ceremony was attended by several of Tsvangirai’s relatives and some senior Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party officials including Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development Murisi Zwizwai and Public Works Minister Theresa Makone.

Kugara nhaka is the practice of wife inheritance which takes two principal forms; a man whose wife has died is given a young lady from his wife’s family to marry or a woman whose husband has died may be given to a surviving brother-in-law to marry.

Under the Shona custom Leah Mhundwa is expected to take care of Tsvangirai and his six children namely Edwin, Garikai, Vimbai, Rumbidzai, twins Milcent and Vincent.

The inheritance ceremony, according to Shona tradition, is held  after a year. Tsvangirai’s wife Susan Nyaradzo who was affectionately known as Amai President died on 6 March 2009 in a tragic road collision enroute to Buhera that also injured the Prime Minister.