MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai’s woes continued to pile up this week amid media reports that one of his many women who had come to see him in Harare was detained by staff at a city hotel after failing to settle her bill.
Loretta Nyathi, the Bulawayo based 25 year-old mother to Tsvangirai’s 4-year-old son, was said to be held “prisoner” by a the hotel after failing to settle her $300 bill.
Nyathi, who has kept a lower profile compared to the other women, had travelled to the capital early this week to collect her maintenance allowance from the embattled opposition leader.
Nyathi confirmed she was having “problems” with Tsvangirai.
“Yes we are having problems but do not write what you do not know because this is my story and I am the one who knows what is really happening. You need to write what I say,” Nyathi told New
However, hotel sources said Nyathi was being held while Tsvangirai has gone awol.
“She is literally in prison and it only goes to show how heartless the former Prime Minister is. He is not taking her calls and the hotel cannot release her because they want their money which unfortunately
continues to grow daily. She has no food and all this while women’s rights organisations have remained mum,” said the hotel source.
Media reports early this week said Tsvangirai had asked Nyathi to come to Harare for negotiations to settle “the matter and outstanding issues”.
The opposition leader, after a reported night visit to Nyathi’s hotel room Tuesday, melted into thin air.
Tsvangirai paid for only one night at the hotel and was reportedly not picking Nyathi’s calls on his mobile.
“She is stranded and his lieutenants are also giving her the run-around. She has no money and the bill is growing,” said the source.
“It could turn out to be an ugly fall-out at the end of the day because she could become desperate while the hotel could make this a police case.
“Senior members of the Tsvangirai faction have promised to do something while most have washed their hands claiming it is a personal issue that the MDC-T president should deal with.”
Nyathi, in an interview with a local daily, described the former premier as a “cruel and morally bankrupt man.”
According to Nyathi, Tsvangirai was reportedly in Botswana for reasons still unknown.
To add to the mystery, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka and party information chief Douglas Mwonzora contradicted each other on the former government leader’s whereabouts.
“He is around and has not gone anywhere,” said Tamborinyoka.
Mwonzora claimed Tsvangirai was out of the country.
“I have no authority to comment on the president’s personal matters but as for his whereabouts I can confirm that he is out of the country and that we are expecting him soon,” he said.
According to Nyathi, Tsvangirai has not paid the $2,200 maintenance for his four-year-old son since last year’s harmonised elections.
Since the death of his first wife in a tragic road accident 2009, the inimitable Susan, Tsvangirai has hoped from one women to another attracting snide remarks from political opponents among them
Information Minister Jonathan Moyo’s “open zip shut mind” jib at the opposition leader.
Tsvangirai paid Locardia Karimatsenga – Tembo a monumental $300 000 after a record 12-day-traditional matrimony.
He also had a fling with South African beauty Nosipho Shilubane but later married Elizabeth Macheka, daughter to a top Zanu PF politician.