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Zimbabwe PM marries without license

Sept. 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM   |   Comments

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was married under customary law even though his marriage license was revoked at the last minute, officials said.

Lorcadia Karimatsenga -- a woman with whom Tsvangirai previously had a relationship -- filed an objection to the prime minister's Saturday wedding to another woman because she said she was still married to him, Newsday.co.zw reported.

Karimatsenga argued she had entered into a customary-law marriage with Tsvangirai, and Harare provincial Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi agreed, revoking the prime minister's marriage license with Elizabeth Macheka.

"I have already explained that it is criminal for one to enter into or purports to enter into a monogamous marriage when one is in an unregistered customary law marriage with another person. This is what Tsvangirai seeks to do in this case," Mutevedzi said.

Tsvangirai and Macheka proceeded with the wedding ceremony Saturday without the license, Zimbabwe's The Standard reported.

"Should I get into the Guinness Book of Records for being refused permission to wed?" he said to a crowd at Glamis Arena where the ceremony was held.
"How come some have many wives and others have taken other people's wives yet nothing happened to them?"

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