8 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Liz Chased Away By Tsvangirai's Children

THERE appears to be no respite in Morgan Tsvangirai's political and marital woes amid claims his estranged wife, Elizabeth Macheka, temporarily returned home recently only to be shooed away by his children.

Tsvangirai's domestic troubles continue at a time he also faces demands to resign from the opposition MDC-T party.

Top aides say the former prime minister is now a huge liability, adding the party cannot win elections with him at the helm.

Sources privy to Tsvangirai's rocky personal life told NewZimbabwe.com that Macheka, daughter to Zanu PF Central Committee member Joseph Macheka, temporarily returned home late last year.

She had reportedly decamped from the couple's government-provided $4 million mansion in Harare's posh Highlands suburb to another of the couple's homes in the capital "over a bedroom issue".

"Elizabeth (Macheka) returned home but Tsvangirai's sons (names supplied) told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not welcome because she is a gold digger," said a party insider.

"Now they (Tsvangirai and Liz) are meeting clandestinely. Tsvangirai's children have also demanded that he leaves politics with one of them openly telling him that he risked his children backing a rival presidential bid in the MDC-T."

But Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka denied the allegations.

"That is bar talk. Tsvangirai has made a public statement that he will handle his private matters privately with the dignity they deserve. Nothing has changed and, as far as I know, he is still with his wife," Tamborinyoka said.

Following the MDC-T's comprehensive defeat in last year's general elections,, hawks in in the party have been baying for Tsvangirai's head, demanding that he steps-down to make way for a new leadership.

In a damning letter, MDC-T deputy treasurer general, Elton Mangoma, asked the ex-premier to resign saying, should he hang onto power, it would be difficult for him to explain some emotive issues including, "your women".

Mangoma wrote: "You have done the best that you could and continuing will result in diminishing returns and eating into your legacy. The party is in dire need for new ideas, new thinking, a new trajectory and new stimulus," he said.

"(If you stay on) how will you put closure to the issue of women in your life and ensure that these will not continue to erode your and the party's brand?"

Macheka, in January told a local daily newspaper that her separation from Tsvangirai had been sparked by "sensitive personal issues" that only the two of them could resolve without interference from relatives, friends or party officials.

The sensitive issue has remained a mystery with both Macheka and Tsvangirai maintaining a tight lid on the matter.

It is understood that Tsvangirai has tried to resolve his sensitive personal problem by consulting Nigerian faith healer Prophet T. B. Joshua, with little success.

Macheka said Tsvangirai knew the genesis of their troubles and was aware of how they could be addressed adding they had nothing to do with her estranged husband's electoral loss.

She said Tsvangirai must not play the victim in the deterioration of their relationship.

"Crying the victim or casting aspersions on anyone, including myself, is not only a self-serving sympathy-seeking gimmick but intellectually, factually and morally dishonest stance to take as close friends from both sides of the families and relatives know," Macheka reportedly said.

Tsvangirai lost his first wife Susan in a road accident in 2009, a few months after the formation of the inclusive government.

Since then the MDC-T leader has been linked with numerous women including Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo who moved to block his wedding to Macheka before she was paid off.

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