via I fear for my life: Elizabeth – DailyNews Live 1 September 2014 by Fungi Kwaramba
HARARE – Elizabeth, wife to former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, says her life is in danger and she no longer feels safe as she is being followed round the clock by people she suspects to have a sinister agenda.
In an exclusive telephone interview with the Daily News yesterday, Elizabeth, who is now into real estate business, claimed the continued surveillance on her movements is making her uncomfortable and she is now losing clients because of that.
“I am being harassed daily by these people who follow me wherever I go. I now do not know whether I am a Zimbabwean or not,” she said.
Married to the veteran opposition leader for two years now, she operates her own businesses which include real estate company, Royal Properties.
Elizabeth says she is an independent woman, who prefers to travel freely without the aid or protection from bodyguards.
“Apart from being married to a politician, I am just an ordinary Zimbabwean, yet I am being harassed. My clients are being harassed and I am now very scared,” she said.
She said one of her clients was questioned yesterday by some men who followed her to Tnywald, a suburb west of Harare.
“Some of these people are claiming to be journalists and they asked one of my clients what kind of business he was doing with the former prime minister’s wife.
“Today (yesterday), I was followed by four men who were driving a white twin cab vehicle. I had a scheduled meeting with a land developer and went to see her around 4 pm. I wanted to discuss business with her and the four men came in,” said Elizabeth.
Scared that something could happen to her, Elizabeth left petrified with her aid in tow, leaving the four men to interrogate her client.
Narrating her ordeal, Elizabeth said her husband Tsvangirai is equally worried by the unsolicited shadowing.
She said she had not yet reported the matter to the police because she had wrongly assumed that she would eventually shake off the goons stalking her.
Elizabeth said in July some of her clients informed her that they were being harassed for doing business with her.
“One of the clients we are doing business with works in government and he told us he could not proceed with the deal because he was being harassed,” she said.
Elizabeth said the surveillances have affected her businesses and life.
“I have a family and I am also an employer. If I cannot operate freely how do I pay my workers?
“I am now being forced to take from my own savings in order to help the workers who have families.
“Zvinotyisa kuti urikuteerwa. ( I’m scared at being stalked). I am very independent and I do not want bodyguards. Hapana chinhu chinotyisa sekuziva kuti urikuteverwa. (It’s scary) I do not feel safe because now I do not know the reason behind all this. I am afraid because I do not know what could happen to me,” she said.