Tsvangirai and Girlfriend Photographed At Church

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's Prime Minister in a government with Robert "The Solution" Mugabe, is seen here sitting with his new girlfriend, Locadia Tembo, at an evangelical function in Harare last week. Tembo appeared to get along well with Tsvangirai's daughter, Vimbai, with whom she was in deep conversation throughout the proceedings

Harare, Zimbabwe, 18 June 2010

Prime Minister Mini-me, Morgan Tsvangirai was at a evangelical function last week with his new girlfriend, Locadia Tembo.

Tembo was reported by The Standard as being in deep conversation with Tsvangirai's daughter, Vimbai throughout the service, which was being conducted Joyce Meyer.

Naturally, there was a photographer just waiting to pounce and the picture duly made it to the front page of The Standard this week.

When contacted for comment, Tembo told the reporter to write whatever they wanted to write because they have been writing all along without talking to her.

Locadia sat just behind Tsvangirai throughout the service, while the PM himself sat with his cose confidant, Ian Makone, who is now Permanent Secretary in the office of the Prime Minister.

The service was heavily advertised in Zimbabwe, with the mobile phone company, Econet, whose founder, Strive Masiyiwa, is a staunch Christian, donating not only billboards but also adverts in the main newspapers.

The relationship between Tsvangirai and Tembo seems to be going on despite the objections of some senior figures in the PM's party, who are against Tembo because she is a sister to a ZANU PF legislator and is seen as having links to senior figures in Mugabe's party. Some have even suggested that she may be a CIO plant to compromise Tsvangirai.

But that is almost certainly just the inherent paranoia that envelops opposition people in Zimbabwe, where they see Secret Police under every bed and behind every door.



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