Tsvangirai in first public appearance with fiancée
By Blessed Mhlanga
GWERU- Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made his first official public appearance with fiancée Elizabeth Macheka at a Prayer meeting at Mkoba Stadium yesterday.
The PM, who got engaged to Macheka at a party in Harare last week, sat next to his fiancée as the two were part of a 15 000-strong crowd which attended a prayer meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Pastors Fellowship.
Tsvangirai took the opportunity to introduce his future wife saying he was tired of being looked down upon by other men because he did not have a “better half”.
“When I came here I heard there was Mr and Mrs Charamba, Mr and Mrs Shumba, so today I have brought my own so that we can all be on the same level. I am tired of being looked down upon by other men because of my previous status so now I have my own,” said Tsvangirai to applause by the crowd.
Turning his attention to the prayer meeting, the PM praised President Robert Mugabe for denouncing violence during his independence day speech.
“I want to congratulate Mugabe for making a bold statement against violence during his speech on independence day because only peace can take this nation forward,” said Tsvangirai.
He then preached from Matthew 22 vs 34 calling on Zimbabweans to observe the greatest commandment from God, “to love your God with all your heart and secondly to love thy neighbour as you would love yourself.”
“We are all one people regardless of political differences. You cannot stone your uncle because he belongs to MDC or hate your brother simply because he comes from Zanu PF… let’s extend a hand to those who hate us if our nation is to prosper,” Tsvangirai said.
The prayer meeting was attended by top gospel musicians Blessing Shumba, the Charambas and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, among others. Zimbabwe Standard