The Herald (Harare)

1 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Locardia On PM Tsvangirai's Throat Again

LAWYERS representing Ms Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo have written to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai demanding the urgent delivery of three oxen to her family in fulfillment of the couple's out-of-court settlement.

PM Tsvangirai paid an undisclosed figure to his wife Ms Karimatsenga as a once-off maintenance settlement and the two further agreed that three oxen should be delivered to the family in fulfillment of some cultural requirements.

He also paid money to Ms Karimatsenga's lawyers Venturas and Samukange law firm as legal fees.

Mr Jonathan Samukange wrote the letter on behalf of the law firm demanding the delivery of the cattle.

In October, Mr Samukange requested PM Tsvangirai not to deliver the cattle in the sacred month of November and yesterday he reminded him to fulfill the agreement.

"Mr Samukange had a discussion with Mr Chagonda in which he (Samukange) requested the Prime Minister not to deliver the three head of cattle and to fulfill any cultural requirements in the month of November 2012.

"Since today is the last day of the month of November, we request that the PM immediately deliver the cattle to our client's parents as a matter of urgency so we can conclude this issue," read part of the letter.

The delivery of cattle was the only outstanding issue.

Mr Samukange said the PM should give sufficient notice as to when he would deliver the cattle.

"Please be kind enough to advise us as to when the Prime Minister will be delivering the cattle. Alternatively, the PM can make arrangements through his usual communication means and also advise us when this will be done."

Ms Karimatsenga in October withdrew her US$15 000 maintenance suit against PM Tsvangirai after they hammered out an out-of-court settlement.

A notice of withdrawal filed at the Harare Magistrates' Civil Court in October read: "Be pleased to take notice that the applicant hereby withdraws this action and respondent tenders wasted costs."

Sources told The Herald that Ms Karimatsenga wanted Mr Tsvangirai to pay her US$500 000 and three oxen.

Mr Tsvangirai was insisting on US$200 000.

In her US$15 000 maintenance claim filed at the civil courts, Ms Karimatsenga wanted the PM to contribute towards her upkeep and accessories, as she has been accustomed to.

She said in her claim that she was customarily married to Mr Tsvangirai after the payment of lobola to her parents in November last year.

Ms Karimatsenga said after Mr Tsvangirai paid lobola, he requested permission for her to stay with him, which was granted.

In line with tradition, Ms Karimatsenga said she was sent to PM Tsvangirai's village in Buhera where she stayed with his mother for about two months.

PM Tsvangirai, she claimed, later requested her to rejoin him in Harare after he had found accommodation. She later had pregnancy complications before she miscarried.

Ms Karimatsenga said she went to South Africa for medication and the PM met the expenses.

She further claimed that when she recovered, she returned home only to find that the matrimonial home they were leasing was locked up and all the furniture had been removed.

Ms Karimatsenga said she was used to a high standard of living, which PM Tsvangirai had introduced into her life.

After the miscarriage, Ms Karimatsenga says Mr Tsvangirai started snubbing her.

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