Tsvangirai Bars Wife From Talking to Media as Marriage Unravels

By Harry Fisher|
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has barred wife Elizabeth Macheka from talking to journalists about their allegedly collapsed marriage.
According to a local daily, Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka told a reporter that Macheka would not be subjected to the “inconveniences” of talking about her reportedly troubled marriage.
Women’s rights campaigners blasted Tsvangirai for gagging his wife of one year. Activists claim Macheka is being mistreated by Tsvangirai and his aides after her alleged infidelity was exposed by a newspaper in August.
“Elizabeth has rights as a woman. No matter how powerful her husband thinks he is, he should allow her to comment on reports about her behaviour in her marriage. So far, her right to speak has been denied by a party spokesman who is unashamedly using this sorry matter to spin against Zanu PF,” said a prominent gender activist.

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