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Lawyer: Tsvangirai's Divorce Negotiations Still On

Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo

Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo

One of the lawyers involved in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo’s marital wrangle has denied reports that the two have failed to reach an out of court settlement in which his estranged wife is said to be demanding a one off maintenance payment of US$500,000.

The state controlled Herald newspaper reported Wednesday that the pair last week requested the court to grant them time to hammer the settlement but the talks collapsed after they failed to agree on some financial terms.

VOA Studio 7 was not able to reach the prime minister’s lawyer for comment but Tembo’s attorney Jonathan Samkange insisted that negotiations between his client and Mr. Tsvangirai’s family have not collapsed.

“There are still in the process of negotiations … They are still negotiating on the quantum,” Samkange said.

He said at present the lawyers are not part of the negotiations as Tembo is in talks with the prime minister’s family.

The lawyer said they are expected to return to court to finalize the deal. The maintenance case is expected to be heard in court on October 30.

Mr. Tsvangirai’s planned civil wedding to Elizabeth Macheka recently turned into a traditional bride handover ceremony without a proper exchange of marriage vows after the couple’s marriage license was cancelled.

The court declared that Mr. Tsvangirai was still married to his customary wife, Tembo.

The marital squabbles spilled over to the courts where the prime minister is appealing against the cancellation of the marriage license while Karimatsenga is seeking maintenance from the premier.