, HARARE, Nov 1 – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has reached an out-of-court settlement with an ex-lover whom he dumped to marry another woman, a lawyer said on Thursday.
Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo had gone to a civil court demanding US $15,000 per month in maintenance payments from Tsvangirai following his marriage to Elizabeth Macheka, but withdrew the case after accepting an undisclosed one-off payment.
“The matter has been resolved amicably,” Tembo’s lawyer Everson Samukange told AFP.
“The prime minister agreed to pay a lump sum for my client’s maintenance but I do not have instructions to divulge the figure. All I can tell you is that both parties are happy with the arrangement.
A previous attempt to reach an out of court settlement failed.
The state-owned Herald newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said Tembo had demanded a $500,000 lump sum and three oxen while Tsvangirai insisted he could only pay her $200,000.
Tsvangirai’s monthly salary is unclear, but the average wage for a cabinet minister in Zimbabwe is about $900.
Tsvangirai has publicly apologised for the affairs with the two women, saying he had no intention to hurt them.
His first wife of 31 years, Susan, was killed in a car accident in March 2009, just weeks after he went into a unity government with his long-time rival President Robert Mugabe following failed elections in 2008.