South African national Nosipho Regina Shilubane on Thursday lanched a bid to block Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's marriage to Elizabeth Macheka set for next Saturday. She claimed in an affidavit - supported with pictures of the couple on a beach in Singapore - that she is engaged to marry the 60-year-old.
Here is her affidavit submitted at the Harare Magistrates' Court:
In the magistrates court held at Rotten Row Magistrates Court before Mr Munamato Mutevedzi ESQ
In the matter between Nosipho Regina Shilubane, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai and Elizabeth Macheka (1st and 2nd applicants respectively)
Objection in terms of section 19 (1) (3) of the Marriages Act Chapter 5:11
Be pleased to take notice that the objector Nosipho Regina Shilubane hereby intends to object the granting of a marriage licence in favour of the Applicants in terms of the affidavit and annexures herein attached.
# I Nosipho Regina Shilubane do hereby make oath to swear and state that: I am the objector and the facts i depose to herein are personally known to me.
# I was introduced to 1st applicant by my Pastor Mr Lazarus Muriritirwa from the Gospel Assembly Church sometime on the 5th September 2009. This was in Johannesburg at Monte Casino Shopping Complex.
# He said there was a friend of his who wanted to meet me. I only got to know it was Tsvangirai when I went to his hotel room in Pallazio Hotel in Fourways, in Monte Casino Mall.
# When we were introduced at his hotel room, he asked his Pastor and his son Edwin Tsvangirai who were present on the day to give us some privacy and we remained the two of us in the Hotel room.
# When we were left alone in the hotel room, he told me that he was a widower and that he was looking for a new bride to marry as he had lost his wife and he had approached the pastor to find a suitable woman for him.
# He told me that he wanted to start a relationship with me and that I could go home and think about it and if I was willing and interested I could return the next day and we talk as on this day he said he had other things to do since it was his son's birthday and he was having a party for him.
# So he left for the birthday and then I went home but before I left he gave me his business card with his name and details and the number at that time was 0027718972979 although he subsequently changed his cell numbers numerous times thereafter inclusive of the following numbers 00263772383532 and 00263772383593.
# He called on me on the same date at midnight just to tell me that the party was good and that he had enjoyed meeting me.
# The following day he phoned me again and asked if I had ever been to Zimbabwe and I said I had only came once for a church conference. He said he wanted me to come and see Zimbabwe. I agreed that I wanted to date him and I would like to see him and visit Zimbabwe. So he bought me an aeroplane ticket and that was on the 18th September 2009 via the British Airways. I stayed at my pastor's house in Borrowdale and he would come after work to see me. I stayed in Zimbabwe from 18th September to 20th September 2009. We made love for the first time on Saturday 19th September 2009 at the pastor's house; in Borrowdale. I returned to South Africa on the 20th September 2009.
# After my first visit, I returned to South Africa and he phoned me and asked me where I was staying and I advised him that I was staying in Yeoville and he expressed disgust and shock and he said "how can you stay in that hell hole; you need to get a nicer place in a nice location where I can come and see you in an uptown area". I looked for a place and I found a Town House in a place called Buccleuch in Johannesburg North near Sandston at No 3 Northfields, Fife Street Buccleuch.
# R13,000 were deposited into my Standard Bank Acc No 026640473 by Morgan. I paid for the place and moved into the new place at the end of November 2009.
# We communicated daily on my mobile 0027726854436 and in November he said that he wanted to go with me for a holiday and on the 28th December 2009, he flew to south Africa with his children Millicent and Vincent who are twins. We met at OR Tambo airport to fly together to the Seychelles.
Our tickets were already paid for and they were booked from Zimbabwe through Traverze Travel Agency, the contact there was Zodwa Mtunzi. We went on holiday from the 28th December to 10th January 2010. We were intimate throughout the holiday period and we always had unprotected sex all the times as he had asked me to go on family planning medication as he said he did not want to have anymore children.
# On our return from the Seychelles, we dropped off in Kenya and I connected to South Africa and Morgan proceeded to Dubai with his children and aides.
# We continued communicating on the phone everyday and whenever he went to a foreign country, he would pass by South Africa and I would go to whichever hotel he would be in and we would be intimate and make love two or three times on each occasion. The relationship continued.
# On the 19th November 2010, he asked me to follow him to Gaborone in Botswana where he had gone for vacations, he said he was distressing, and he missed me and wanted to make love to me, I eagerly followed him, and we stayed together at his hotel making love.
# On the 27th December 2010, we went for another love cruise holiday in Singapore for two weeks until early 2011. Our holiday love cruise was a boat called Legend of the Seas.
# In January 2011, Morgan came to our house in Buccleuch as he said he now wanted to be serious with me and throw me in the kitchen. I introduced him to my two children as my boyfriend and during this year he visited me on numerous occasions with his motorcade and sometimes he would even come with South African Police Services motorcade vehicles.
# In February 2011, Morgan proposed and asked me to marry him and he indicated that he wanted to have a wedding ceremony and wed me in Zimbabwe. He told me that he would speak to our pastor for all the wedding arrangements. I accepted his marriage proposal and I told him that he needed to pay lobola as per our Tsonga custom. He promised he would do that and he tasked me to go and speak to my family to arrange a date which I did and was set for early 2012.
# Morgan started acting funny when stories and issues of his numerous women started, first there was a woman called Loretha Nyathi, then Aquiline Pamberi and then Locardia Tembo. Every time I asked about these stories, he would deny them and I always believed his explanations as we were in love and I never thought that Morgan could have such a character as every time he professed undying love for me and he never seemed to be such a chauvinistic man that he now poses himself to be.
# When we got to January 2012 my family convened and waited for Morgan to come for the lobola negotiations he failed to come for the customary wedding ceremony because he said he had to deal with government business as the Prime Minister so he would reconvene the date when he was free and he indicated that it would be the end of December 2012. For all the intents and purposes we have and are still engaged to be married.
# I am therefore shocked to discover that Morgan intends to marry another woman Elizabeth Macheka on Saturday 15th September 2012 without my knowledge and without first of all finishing issues with me, that is his proposal of marriage, engagement and his outstanding lobola negotiations and marriage to me. We are still very much in love and as such I object to granting of a marriage licence. I am legally advised, which advice I take as my own, that I can object to the issuance of a marriage licence in terms of Section 19 (1) and 19 (3) of the Marriages Act [5:11].
THUS DONE, SWORN TO AND SIGNED AT HARARE ON THIS 13th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2012