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Zimbabwe: Prime Minister Reaches Out of Court Settlement With Locadia

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has reached an out of court settlement with Locadia Karimatsenga Tembo - the woman who claims they were married but whom the PM says he just paid damages to.

But she was confirmed as Tsvangirai's customary wife by the courts when she successfully objected to his marriage to his new wife Elizabeth Macheka in September.

Speaking to Newsday newspaper Karimatsenga's lawyer, Jonathan Samukange, confirmed the settlement, but he refused to clarify the terms of the deal.

Karimatsenga has apparently withdrawn a $15,000 a month maintenance claim, in return for an undisclosed lump sum and other benefits.

Various websites are reporting that the amount she has been paid is US$300,000 (about R2.5 million).

Speculation is now rife as to where the Prime Minister found that kind of money to give her.

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