By Tichaona Sibanda
22 November 2011
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has married his long term girlfriend, wealthy businesswoman Locadia Karimatsenga Tembo.
A close family member confirmed to SW Radio Africa that the MDC-T leader paid $36,000 lobola to the Tembo family home in Christon Bank, about 20 km north west of Harare. Tembo is expecting the couple’s first child in two months time. She already has a 16 year-old child from a previous marriage.
It is believed Tsvangirai got approval from his children to marry Tembo, who is reportedly close to the Prime Minister’s daughter, Vimbai and first born son Edwin.
Edwin was part of Tsvangirai’s delegation that visited the Tembo homestead where the Prime Minister paid 10 head of cattle, in addition to the lobola. Reports in the media said Locadia’s aunt, Felistus Munhanga, confirmed the development last night, saying they were happy with the way Tsvangirai had fulfilled the traditional marriage rites.
It is reported the Premier also asked for a white wedding, expected to be held early next year and Locadia will move into the Prime Minister’s official Highlands residence next month. The house is currently undergoing renovations and is reportedly almost complete.
Presently Tsvangirai still lives at the Strathaven house he shared with his late wife Susan, who was tragically killed in car crash in June 2009.
Not much is known about Tembo’s personal life except that
She is the fifth born in a family of six, four girls and two boys. Her elder sister is a ZANU PF legislator for Goromonzi, Biata Beatrice Nyamupinga. Nyamupinga’s husband is Zimbabwe’s deputy Ambassador to Australia.
She was born in Victoria Falls in 1972 and attended High school at Queen Elizabeth School in Harare. She is a successful commodity broker who supplies goods to several chain stores in Harare and South Africa.