Takunda MaodzaÂ Assistant News Editor
MORGAN Tsvangiraiâs wife, Elizabeth, has demanded to be âset freeâ from her marriage to the MDC-T leader after accusing him of cheating on her with two women.In sensational audio tapes obtained by The Herald, Elizabeth, nee Macheka, also accuses the former Prime Minister of suffering from erectile dysfunction which has prevented them from being intimate since their marriage in 2012.
Macheka, close sources say, had accepted the problem quietly but is livid that Tsvangirai is cheating on her with two other women -Leah Mhundwa, and a Bulawayo woman only named as Nobuhle.
Mhundwa is the young sister to Tsvangiraiâs late wife, Susan, who died in a car accident in March 2009.
So volatile is the relationship between Tsvangirai and Macheka that at times they exchange blows.
Tsvangirai blames Macheka for the bedroom woes. He has told her that he does not experience the same problem when he sleeps with other women.
The tapes reveal that on one occasion, Tsvangirai told Macheka that he did not experience erectile dysfunction after romping with Nobuhle, sparking a huge row.
Nobuhle is said to have been in Harare recently and spent three days with Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai and Macheka have not been staying together for months.
Tsvangirai briefly stayed with Macheka at their home in Borrowdale but was chucked out after his wife discovered he was cheating on her with Nobuhle and other women. The MDC-T leader is now staying at the Highlands Government house bought and upgraded for him at a cost of $3 million during his stint as Prime Minister, which ended in July 2013.
Macheka rejects Tsvangiraiâs claims she is the cause of his sexual failings, and feels betrayed by the MDC-T leader who is âungratefulâ that she has stuck with him even when there is no fire in their bedroom.
Macheka, in meetings with family members, told how Nobuhle and other women call Tsvangirai in the middle of the night while she is sleeping beside him. The rows sparked by the phone calls usually degenerate into fist-fights.
After reports of a split emerged last year, Tsvangirai invited a newspaper to their Highlands home and disputed a report by The Herald that they were on separation.
At one time, Tsvangirai sent Macheka back to her parents as he believed it was her who brought him the misfortune.
He has also gone as far as Nigeria where he sought spiritual healing from Prophet TB Joshua without success.
Close relatives have held marathon meetings to resolve the impasse between Tsvangirai and Macheka.
In one meeting, held in line with Shona culture, Tsvangirai and Macheka met with his nephew during which she poured her heart out about their problems.
âLast week on Thursday the Machekas summoned Tsvangirai and his relatives to a meeting after Elizabeth told her parents that she could not continue living alone. She also highlighted that she has never been intimate with Tsvangirai since their marriage and wants to move on with her life,â a source said.
Macheka wanted Tsvangirai âto set her freeâ.
âShe told relatives that if Tsvangirai believes that she was the source of his bedroom problems, then he must set her free,â the source said.
Yesterday, Tsvangirai and his wife claimed all was well with them.
âWeâre staying together. Weâre happy. Weâve no problems at all,â claimed Macheka.
Tsvangirai, through his spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said: âWe can understand the fixation that The Herald has with the brand and person of Morgan Tsvangirai. The truth of the matter is that there is bliss in their marriage. Mr and Mrs Tsvangirai are at No. 45 Kew Drive, Highlands.
âWe understand the incessant pursuit and concoction of stories around the life and marriage of Morgan Tsvangirai for political reasons.â
Earlier, Tamborinyoka had tried to persuade this reporter to reveal the source of the story and the evidence.
Tsvangirai customarily married Macheka in 2012, but the civil union was stopped after a court challenge from his ex-lover from South Africa, one Nozipho Shilubane.