Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s detractors were left with egg in the face yesterday after he turned up with his wife who had been reported to be on a shopping jaunt in India at a function in Harare.
State media had reported that Elizabeth Macheka had left the country on Thursday for South Africa and India to buy “jewellery and paraphernalia related to the couple’s wedding set for September”.
Her week-long trip, according to the report, had been bankrolled by Treasury. Macheka was allegedly accompanied by a secretary in the PM’s Office, Mary Mungweni.
Tsvangirai officiated at the Water Conservation Awareness and Zero Litter Campaign launch in Budiriro with Macheka in tow.
His spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the story had proved that government media had a sinister agenda against the PM.
“The State media should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.
“Propaganda is understandable, but outright lies are something else for a public medium, especially one that now had new platforms including Talk Radio."
“Now that the PM and his wife, who was claimed to have left for South Africa and India yesterday, turned out to be in Budiriro, they have to be ashamed unless they are saying Budiriro is New Delhi.”
Recently, there were reports Tsvangirai had splashed $40 000 on kitchenware for Macheka who, according to State media reports, was known for “her penchant for a lavish lifestyle”.
Tsvangirai and his wife were again reported to have gone on a shopping spree in the United States where they allegedly stayed at one of the most expensive hotels, paying at least $6 900 a night translating to $48 000 for the time they were there. newsday