|When private becomes public|
|Thursday, 24 November 2011 19:19|
Ask any musician, sportsman and politician and they will testify that what would pass for the routine and mundane before fame kicked in becomes something to be watched and executed consciously.
(Of course, yesterday we woke up to the news that the episode could have been a hoax, which puts the whole thing on the scale of believe it or not). Suddenly, a very traditional marriage (if you discount that it was executed in this month of Mbudzi; or does is it matter?) becomes something of a headliner in the country's newspapers. The vibe has spread even beyond the country's borders with foreign publications latching onto the news - and all its nitty-gritties.
Or if one is taken in on the "damage" story, it really was not an ordinary damage? Journalism schools teach something about prominence, which attribute in a person renders whatever they do as prominent.
But there is something really interesting in imagining the premier behaving like a very plain folk - as a "cultured son-in-law". A relative of the woman gushed that the whole PM of Zimbabwe "abvisa bhutsu akagwesha kubva panze kusvika mumba . . . "(removed his shoes and dragged himself into the house so that he could be received as son-in-law).
And, boy, the figures that came out of the ceremony are so mouthwatering. With the aunts having to walk away with a cool US$5 000, for example, and the mere plate used to convey the moneys having US$200 for its troubles in the US$36 000 scheme of things, this could well be a good early Christmas gift for anyone anywhere. No wonder why this relation of the bride could thank the stars and say "Tapinda, tapinda."
Has someone not said something about seeing and believing? Was Nelson Mandela 12 years on Monday, Mr Luke Tamborinyoka?
How about the singing, much in the manner of the biblical Mary's "Magnificat", that "Tapinda, tapinda!" as the family enters the Holy Grail of having the whole premier as part of the family?
MDC-T kitchen cabinet, also in the mix in the Tsvangirai-Tembo story.
She is not the only one, strictly speaking, in that scenario and how do our politicians juggle the sanctity and supremacy of political ideology over personal interests or vice versa?
Whether or not in 2008 Mai Nyamupinga played this treacherous game - at least in the eyes of Zanu-PF and its leader - it will be interesting how she will conduct her politics now that vapinda vapinda.
Given that the premier is but strictly the included in the current inclusive Government will she not find it more expedient that her babamunini be the one to include, if ever, when the next Government is formed?
What will she tell me, her constituency? Ordinary relationship, political marriage? Still, the marriage could not help but excite conjecture relating to the political context within which it took place.
That he is very much macho and hetero but as a "social democrat" chooses to respect those who have other proclivities?
Was the marriage not a political move, even when it is known that Tsvangirai and his love had it going on ordinarily, both being potential marriage candidates?
Why could he wait a little so that the move itself could not generate some controversy by having been played in November, whether technically the taboo could apply this time of the month or not?
Why the rush? Is it to do with the very ripe rumours doing circles in town as indeed applicable to the corporeal? Which is given substance by the revelations that Tsvangirai, as a responsible African man, as one opinionated report said, paid "damages".
But the timing is also interesting. As workers, particularly civil servants, collect their bonuses they might be interested to know that their earnings, at most generous, are trumped by the US$1 000 "makandinzwa nani" paid by the man who promised them heaven a couple of years ago.
Or if there wasn't any marriage to talk about, he paid US$10 000 in the "damages" born of extra-marital bliss by the bachelor PM. Which brings another big concern.
And we are not hearing about it for the last time.