Farayi Machamire 17 February 2018
HARARE – Morgan Tsvangirai’s ex-wife Locadia Karimatsenga paid her last
respects to the late former prime minister and leader of the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Thursday.
Clad in black, Locadia – who is now an apostle at the Nation of Glory
Ministries in South Africa – described Tsvangirai’s death as a personal
loss and a blow for young people who looked up to him as their role model
A former trade unionist, Tsvangirai was the face of Zimbabwe’s democracy
struggle against the repressive rule of then-president Robert Mugabe and
his Zanu PF party.
A few months before his passing on, when Mugabe was ousted in a military
intervention and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa as president, Tsvangirai
urged the new government to create a conducive environment for holding
credible, free and fair elections this year.
Since forming the MDC in 1999, Tsvangirai led it in numerous elections.
Zanu PF and Zimbabwe’s military responded with waves of violence against
At the peak of the former prime minister’s battle with cancer of the
colon, Locadia revealed she had totally forgiven Tsvangirai for everything
she held against him and had been praying that he gets back to full
“I am deeply hurt by Morgan’s death,” Locadia told the Daily News after
she paid her last respects to the former trade unionist’s mother in South
Africa at the home of Tsvangirai’s son Edwin.
“I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all those
across the world whose lives were touched by his unfettered resilience.
“It’s the end of an era, but certainly not an end of his legacy. I pray
that the MDC leaders come together and stop quarrelling among themselves.
That is what Morgan would have wanted,” she said.
Asked what her view was regarding the fracas between her ex’s wife
Elizabeth and Tsvangirai’s family, Locadia was cautious.
“It’s something I am not privy to, but if there is any hostility, I urge
unity,” she said.
Locadia and Tsvangirai became the subject of frenzied media coverage in
November 2011 after she wed Tsvangirai for a hefty bride price at a
private ceremony in Mazowe.
The marriage did not last the distance after Tsvangirai sensationally
claimed that he had “lost confidence” in the relationship. She later made
an application to the courts seeking to stop his wedding with Elizabeth.
The relationship acrimoniously ended in 2012, but she told the Daily News
last year that any differences she may have had with the MDC leader was
water under the bridge.
Besides church, Locadia is also involved in philanthropy in the
densely-populated township of Diepsloot.