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Can anyone invest the future of their children in a man who so easily gives in to poor judgment

13 years ago | 14823 Views
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai lost the little credibility he still had as a potential leader of a country the moment he sent his “emissaries” to the Karimatsenga homestead.

The question that now arises is whether anyone can now invest the future of their children in a man so easily given to poor judgment, and who has such a poor handle on his personal life.

Never mind all the rebuttals. The truth is that either by default or design, our Prime Minister is now a son-in-law of the Karimatsengas by virtue of the fact that he acknowledged responsibility for the seed reportedly developing in Ms Locadia Tembo’s womb.

In analysing this whole circus, three critical issues inevitably come to the fore.

Mr Tsvangirai has emerged as a man not astute enough to conduct his affairs in a cordial, confidential and courteous manner.

First, more than 200 people, mainly party officials, reportedly descended on the Karimatsenga homestead ostensibly to show support to their leader during his official re-entrance into manhood.

Any fool must surely be aware of the symbolical importance of traditional or customary marriage insofar as it is meant to cement relations between two families. The invitation or attendance thereof of friends and other acquaintances is normally conditional.

It then boggles the mind as to why our Prime Minister chose to have a crowd of more than 200 people — less “emissaries” than a crowd more suitable for a rally — to attend an otherwise private function.

This kind of conduct is synonymous with someone who is not just uncouth but is also contemptuous of his would-be in-laws. It also shows a serious deficiency in his knowledge and respect for our customs as Africans in general and Zimbabweans in particular.

Second, marrying someone or paying damages is a serious matter which for all intents and purposes must be handled in a confidential manner especially given the fact that there was no chimanda to be paid.

We all know that Ms Tembo was married before and it surely would not have been proper for Mr Tsvangirai or his emissaries, as per custom, to present a white cloth with a big hole in the middle within earshot of more than 200 people.

Furthermore, did Mr Tsvangirai and his emissaries ever envisage how they were to keep a lid on the whole spectacle given the big crowd that witnessed the event? Can this not explain the different versions that later came out after the now infamous visit to the Karimatsengas.

Thirdly, and most importantly, a pre-requisite for any good leader is his ability to receive and digest any information so as to come up with an informed decision.

It is also important for any leader to think using his head and not his loins when it comes to critical matters that have a strong bearing not just on his personal life but on ordinary people who look up to him for sound judgment.

It appears to me that his decision to marry Locadia without adequate background checks on his would-be bride was not just flawed, but borders on poor judgment and a lackadaisical approach to life.  Why was it not important for Mr Tsvangirai to establish whether Locadia was the first wife of Ben Muchedzi, her so-called first husband?

Why was it not important for Mr Tsvangirai to find out who wrecked the marriage of Loveness, the first wife of Mr Muchedzi, and who chased her from her matrimonial home in Highlands?

Was it not critical for Mr Tsvangirai to go deeper and establish the extent of the relationship that existed between Locadia and convicted Pastor Mark Mhindu.

The sordid relationship between the two was not so long ago in the public domain and one wonders whether our Prime Minister was so blinded by love as to be so oblivious to the obvious.

There is really no need for Mr Tsvangirai and his spindoctors to try and be creative, imagining the CIO ratcheting up some sinister plot to soil his image.

In any case, which “image” are they talking about? Is it the one that presents him as a reckless womaniser, or the one that portrays him as suffering from indecision? What image is there to tarnish for someone who thinks any woman in sight is a potential wife?

The MDC has been trying to come up with all manner of implausible conspiracies. However, the only fact that is as real as sunrise is their leader’s shortcomings.

Mr Tsvangirai or his hangers-on would want us to believe all the country’s newspapers, including The Daily News, NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard, have fallen prey to the shenanigans of this ubiquitous CIO.

They allege that some facts are being misrepresented. Which facts are being misrepresented? Did anyone snare Mr Tsvangirai into proposing to Ms Locadia in an airport lounge, before, somehow, forcing him into unprotected sex with Ms Tembo?

We need to be serious and stop treating Zimbabweans like children. It is undeniable, given the way he has handled this whole sordid episode, that Mr Tsvangirai is a serious liability not just to himself and to his party, but also to the country’s political fabric.

This whole episode is reflective of someone without sound judgment and it would be a serious gamble to invest the future of my two children in the hands of such an individual, even for a day.

This article was written by Lovemore Mataire for Sunday Mail
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