Prime Minister not 'given' wife at traditional ceremony-Maridadi

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office has quashed reports doing the rounds suggesting the MDC leader has been given a new “wife” by the family of his late wife.

Spokesman James Maridadi refuted the claims saying: “The Prime Minister is at some point going to marry. There is nothing wrong with that and it is expected.

“When it happens I will have no reason to hide it because even if I hide it, the PM will be seen moving around with the woman.”

Maridadi’s comments were prompted by reports suggesting Tsvangirai was given his late wife’s younger sister, Leah Mhundwa, as a “wife” during a traditional ceremony believed to have been held at his rural home in Buhera two weeks ago.

“He (Tsvangirai) is not married as such. It was just a traditional ceremony that is held in the Shona culture called Chenura. The ceremony is held after one year following the death of a wife,” said Maridadi.

According to the reports, Mhundwa was “making preparations to move in” with PM Tsvangirai at his Strathaven home in Harare.

Tsvangirai’s wife, Susan died in a car accident near Beatrice, along the Harare-Masvingo road in March last year when the vehicle they were travelling in was side–swiped by a haulage truck and rolled several times.