Why the Tsvangirai family snubbed Elizabeth


The late Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s brother Manase says his widow, Elizabeth, was not snubbed by the family.

She was one of Tsvangirai’s many wives and so was not expected to monopolise Tsvangirai’s funeral.

Tsvangirai’s mother Lydia had, however, said she did not want to see her and would hang herself if she attended his funeral.

“We have to treat all these wives equally,” Manase told the Herald. “Maiguru Elizabeth was with the body from South Africa to Harare, naturally one has to give others a chance.

“When we were preparing to depart from One Commando to Buhera for the burial, we were asked to provide four people to accompany the body and it followed that she had to give others a chance and that is why she travelled by road. It had nothing to do with allegations of ill-treating her.

“When she came here last night, we gave her a room to sleep in and what better recognition do you expect, and she was quite happy. If you have three wives, for example, and even if one dies, that symbolic union cannot be taken away, particularly when there are children and when lobola was paid. If you do not agree with my interpretation we can ask any elder around.”

Tsvangirai had six children with his first wife, Susan, whom he was buried next to.

The Herald said he also had four children with two different women before marrying Elizabeth. But the question is are these all?

Will the other wives also not start springing up?

Only time will tell when the distribution of the estate starts.



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Charles Rukuni
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