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Locardia gets golden handshake from PM

Ditched lover Locardia Karimatsenga has withdrawn her US$15 000 a month maintenance claim against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after lawyers for the two parties hammered out an out-of-court settlement.

Locardia Karimatsenga (centre)
Locardia Karimatsenga (centre)

Under the agreement, the once off payment will remain undisclosed but saw Karimatsenga withdrawing her claim from the Harare Magistrates’ Civil Court on Monday.

Jonathan Samukange — who is acting for Ms Karimatsenga —confirmed the deal saying “Yes, the matter is now settled. We agreed on a once-off payment, but I cannot disclose the amount involved,” he said.

“On Monday, we filed a notice to withdraw the case that had been set down for today (yesterday). We agreed on a figure that I am not at liberty to disclose.”

A notice of withdrawal filed at the Harare Magistrates’ Civil Court on Monday read: “Be pleased to take notice that the applicant hereby withdraws this action and respondent tenders wasted costs.”

Unconfirmed reports claimed Ms Karimatsenga wanted Tsvangirai to pay her US$500 000 and three oxen whereas Tsvangirai was insisting on US$200 000.

In her suit, the high-spending Karimatsenga wanted monthly payment for her upkeep including $3,000 for rent, $4,000 for groceries and $1,700 for beauty expenses, among other things.

Breakdown of Locardia’s $15,000 monthly maintenance claim:

$3,000 rent

$4,000 groceries

$1,500 clothing allowance

$500 electricity

$1,200 telephone

$500 maid

$300 gardener

$1,000 vehicle and fuel

$700 medical aid

$250 water

$1,700 for hair and beauty

$350 driver.