|Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Akimchumbia Bi Elizabeth Macheka|
..Second woman seeks to block Zimbabwe PM's wedding
....HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's plan to get married this weekend faced a second legal challenge on Thursday from another woman who said she was romantically involved with him, fuelling a scandal that has already hurt his reputation.
The dispute has handed long-serving President Robert Mugabe political ammunition as he seeks to extend his three-decade rule in an election expected within a year since Tsvangirai is his main rival.
On Thursday, Nosipho Regina Shilubane, a South African woman, lodged a legal challenge to try to block the premier's wedding, the day after the High Court threw out an application by another former lover to halt the ceremony.
In papers filed at a magistrates court she said she was engaged to Tsvangirai after being introduced to him by her church pastor at a hotel in South Africa in September 2009.
Shilubane, who did not appear in court, said Tsvangirai had taken her on holiday to Singapore, the Seychelles and Botswana and that the two were "still engaged to be married".
Tsvangirai's colorful private life has come under scrutiny since the death of his wife Susan in a car crash in 2009, with local media reveling in stories of his relationships with numerous women.
The other woman keen to halt the wedding - Locardia Karimatsenga - is appealing a judge's decision to reject her challenge to Tsvangirai's marriage to fiancee Elizabeth Macheka.
If the wedding were blocked it would be a major embarrassment for Tsvangirai, who had been expected to invite Mugabe, his political partner in a fractious coalition formed after a disputed 2008 election, as well as some foreign leaders to the ceremony.
While 88-year-old Mugabe has been criticized for turning what was once one of Africa's strongest economies into a basket case, Tsvangirai is now being publicly questioned over his dealings with women and money.
(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Andrew Osborn)...
Uhusiano wa PM Tsvangirai na MSouth Africa Nosipho Regina Shilubane
PM Tsvangirai na Nosipho Regina Shilubane Wakiwa kwenye Cruise
Kutoka Bulawayo 24 News
Zimbabwe State Media reports that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wedding to Elizabeth Macheka remains doubtful following the filing of another urgent application at the magistrates' court by a South African woman who is claiming to be legally engaged to marry Tsvangirai.
Nosipho Regina Shilubane filed the urgent application objecting to the pending wedding ceremony between Tsvangirai and Macheka in terms of Section 19 of the Marriages Act Chapter 5:11, through her lawyer Wellington Pasipanodya, a senior partner at Manase and Manase law firm according to the State media.
Pasipanodya filed the papers before regional magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi and said his client is aggrieved that Mr Tsvangirai intends to marry without her knowledge and without finishing outstanding lobola negotiations with her family.
In part, Ms Shilubane contends she was introduced to Tsvangirai by her pastor, Mr Lazurus Muriritirwa of the Gospel Assembly Church on the 5th of September 2009 in Johannesburg at Monte Casino shopping complex.
Thereafter, a relationship blossomed between the two after Tsvangirai told the applicant he was a widower who was looking for a bride to marry and the pastor had said she was a suitable candidate.
Shilubane further argues that she visited Zimbabwe between the 18th and 20 of September in 2009 staying at her pastor's house in Borrowdale.
Tsvangirai is said to have relocated Shilubane from Yeoville to an upmarket apartment near Sandton Buccleuh, following which they went for a holiday in the Seychelles between 28 of December and 10 January 2010.
On the 19th of December, Shilubane alleges Tsvangirai asked her to follow him to Gaborone in Botswana, saying he was distressed. She followed and they stayed together in his hotel.
On the 27th of December 2010, they went together for another love cruise holiday in Singapore for two weeks up to early 2011, on a yacht called the Legend of The Seas.
In February, Tsvangirai is said to have proposed to marry Shilubane indicating he wanted the ceremony to be conducted in Zimbabwe and Shilubane accepted, advising him that he should first marry her traditionally according to her Tsonga custom.
After the marriage dates were agreed upon, Shilubane alleges Tsvangirai would shift them saying government commitments were disturbing him.
Shilubane says she was shocked to discover that Tsvangirai was scheduled to marry Elizabeth Macheka on the 15th of September 2012, hence her objection to the issuance of a marriage licence.