A Harare magistrate court has cancelled Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s marriage license.
This essentially means that Morgan Tsvangirai can longer get married to his fiance Elizabeth Macheka on Saturday.
This came after two women Locardia Karimatsenga and a South African Nosipho Shilumane lodged appeals to stop the wedding. Karimatsenga said that she was married customarily to him while Shilumane said that she was promised to marriage by Tsvangirai.
Locardia lawyer Samukange said that ‘Magistrate has recognised customary marriage is lawful impediment’ to Tsvangirai’s plan to wed Elizabeth.
This is a huge decision, make no mistake about it. What this says is that if a man is married under unregistered customary union he is unable to get a civil union. That is a lawful impediment to the marriage. A lot of women will be running to the
And politically for Tsvangirai, this is terrifying!
UPDATE: We have just heard that Tsvangirai’s lawyers are now going to the High Court to appeal the decision.
UPDATE: The Swazi PM and Botswana President are here for the wedding that looks dead right now
UPDATE: Nosipho Shilumane’s case had no merit. It was thrown out
UPDATE: Justice Chinembiri Bhunu this morning threw out Tsvangirai appeal against magistrate’s ruling
UPDATE: Justice Bhunu also rejected application for order allowing Tsvangirai to wed Elizabeth on Saturday