woman and her son have done the unthinkable – they have fallen in love
with one another. And now they want to marry since the mom, Betty
Mbereko from Mwenezi in Masvingo, is six months pregnant and expecting
her son’s child.
Mbereko (40), who was widowed 12 years ago,
has been cohabiting with her first child, Farai Mbereko (23). She
confirms that she is six months pregnant and that she has decided
it is better to “marry” her son because she does not want to marry her
late husband’s young brothers, whom she says are coveting her.
Betty stunned a village court last week when she said the affair with
her son had begun three years earlier. She said after spending a lot of
money sending Farai to school following the death of her husband, she
felt she had a right to his money and no other woman was entitled to it.
“Look, I strove alone to send my son to school and no one helped me.
Now you see that my son is working and you accuse me of doing something
wrong. “Let me enjoy the products of my sweat,” she told the village
Farai said he was more than prepared to marry his mother
and would pay off the ilobola balance his father had left unpaid to his
grandparents. “I know my father died before he finished paying the
bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” he said.
better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I
am the one who made my mother pregnant. Otherwise they will accuse her
of promiscuity.” But local headman Nathan Muputirwa says: “We cannot
allow this to happen in our village, mashura chaiwo aya, (This is a bad
omen indeed). In the past they would have to be killed but today we
cannot do it because we are afraid of the police.” He warned them to
break off their marriage or leave his village.
They chose the latter and have left the village for an unknown destination.