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Published: July 3, 2012
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who last week admitted fathering a child with Bulawayo 25 year-old Ms Loreta Nyathi, has requested public understanding over the matter.
Mr Tsvangirai’s spokesman at the weekend told ZimEye the PM was in Bulawayo on strict government duty and that people should consider the matter which has sparked international controversy a private matter he alone must be left to deal with.
“This so called son…”
Tamborinyoka referred to baby Ethan as “this so called son” and appealed for privacy on the matter:
“The Prime Minister was in Bulawayo on a government program. The PM is happily married; And whatever is happening regarding his so called son Ethan is a private matter,” he said, before hanging the phone before our reporter.
Tsvangirai (60) who recently re-married following his wife’s death in 2009 fathered the 19 month old boy with Nyathi.
Last week there were internet-wide reports that claimed he was to date yet to see the child and was allegedly refusing to assist the mother obtain a birth certificate for the son.
Tsvangirai at the weekend however told journalists that the reports were an invasion of his private life and were not true.
“I have my personal life and you have yours. I would prefer that we keep it like that. I am not refusing to assist him,” he said.
“Whatever the reports you have heard, I will take care of it and his mother knows the arrangement that we have. I have not refused my responsibility. “It is not true that I am refusing to have my son get a birth certificate. I am happily married.
Part of the controversy surrounding the PM’s love life are developments which resulted in him recently publicly divorcing a woman he had customarily married, one Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo around the same time he was also claiming to be a bachelor. Tembo Family members have claimed that their kinswoman suffered depression following the media barrage against her which culminated in her lover divorcing her in public.
UK would have fired Tsvangirai by now
Women’s activists have slammed Tsvangirai following the latest developments making apparent claim that the PM “does not respect women”.
An activist and founding member of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe who declined being named told ZimEye that due to the latest developments, the Prime Minister would have been fired had he been doing politics in the UK.
“If this was in the UK, Tsvangirai would have been fired by now. We are dealing with vulnerable women…It is a very ironic situation where a woman although she may have made mistakes, but because there is a child, the PM should have done better than what we see. This shows on its own that Tsvangirai does not respect women. Why did people allow Tsvangirai to rule when he does not respect women?” she said.