It has emerged that Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February had secretly paid dowry (lobola) for a Bulawayo woman, Nobuhle Marylin Ndiweni (36), last year while he was officially married to Elizabeth Macheka.
The Herald also reports that Tsvangirai had sired a child named Joy with the woman. The Herald says it is in possession of pictures showing Tsvangirai’s brothers, Casper and Sam, paying lobola to the Ndiweni family last year.
This vindicates assertions by Mr Tsvangirai’s brother, Manase, that the late MDC-T leader was a polygamist.
During Tsvangirai’s funeral in Buhera, Manase admitted that his brother had many wives and his family was bound to give recognition to all families, whose daughters were married to the opposition leader.
Tsvangirai was married to Susan Mhundwa, who died in a car crash in 2009. They had six children. He sired four other children with two different women before his latest marriage to Macheka.
“We have to treat all these wives equally,” said Manase.
A family source said while it was public knowledge that Tsvangirai had a child with Ms Ndiweni, the opposition leader actually paid lobola for her.
Ndiweni denied being in a relationship with Mr Tsvangirai and giving birth to the former prime minister’s child.
“What are you talking about? I don’t know anything about what you are saying. I never gave birth and I’ve never been involved with him (Tsvangirai),” she said before hanging up.
Ms Ndiweni is alleged to be the second Bulawayo woman Mr Tsvangirai impregnated after Ms Loreta Nyathi.
In 2011, Ms Nyathi (then 21) exposed Mr Tsvangirai when she claimed that the MDC-T leader was neglecting his child and threatened to sue.
He was also accused of refusing to help Ms Nyathi to obtain a birth certificate for their son, Ethan.
Mr Tsvangirai was married to Ms Macheka but the couple did not have a child.
Leading to his second marriage, Mr Tsvangirai had been involved or linked with various women, among them Ms Locardia Tembo Karimatsenga, Acquilina Pamberi, Arikana Chihombori, Leah Mhundwa and a South African woman, Ms Nosipho Regina Shilubane.