Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has reportedly acquired three oxen that would be delivered to his estranged lover Locardia Karimatsenga-Tembo’s parents.
Tsvangirai will deliver the beasts as he attempts to fulfil the cultural requirements of terminating a traditional marriage.
The development follows the recent withdrawal of a $15 000 maintenance case by Karimatsenga after Tsvangirai agreed to pay her a lump sum as an out-of-court settlement. Both parties have refused to divulge details.
Unconfirmed reports, however, suggest Tsvangirai could have paid Karimatsenga between $180 000 and $300 000.
But the requirement for the Premier to herd the beasts in person to the Karimatsenga homestead in Christon Bank near Harare was outlined in the same agreement drafted between Tsvangirai, cited as the first party, and Karimatsenga as the second, dated October 30, 2012.
It read: “The first party shall pay to the second party a lump sum payment. The second party acknowledges receipt of such payment.
“In addition, the first party shall further deliver in person to the second party’s parents three oxen in fulfilment of cultural requirements.
“The litigation between the parties shall be withdrawn. The parties agree that this agreement is a full and final settlement and no obligation shall be due from one party to the other neither shall any rights accrue in favour of any one of the parties arising from the relationship which existed between them and whose termination they acknowledge.”
Karimatsenga’s lawyer Jonathan Samukange yesterday confirmed Tsvangirai was ready to deliver the oxen, but had been told not to do so in November.
“I can confirm that the three oxen are available and we stopped him from delivering them in November because of our cultural problems.
“We do not want to offend our custom, this is purely on African Customary Law,” Samukange said.
Commenting on the payments by Tsvangirai, Samukange said: “We are happy we both got paid, our client received her lump sum and we got our legal fees, but if you want to know how much was paid to Karimatsenga, you may contact her and she will tell you if she so wishes.”
Karimatsenga was two months ago confirmed Tsvangirai’s customary wife by the courts after she successfully applied to stop Tsvangirai’s marriage to Elizabeth Macheka.
But the requirement for the Premier to herd the beasts in