Um amigo enviou-me um historia sordida, publicada num jornal Zimbabweano segundo a qual uma mulher zimbabweana esta gravida do seu proprio filho, 17 anos mais novo! Betty Mbereko de 40 anos de idade tem estado a coabitar com seu filho Faray de 23 anos de idade! Betty afirma que tem o direito de coabitar com o filho, pois depois da morte do marido ela fez todos os sacrificios para manda-lo a escola. Dai que agora que ele se formou ela nao permitira que outra mulher tire os dividendos de tant sacrificio!Para mais detalhes, segue a historia publicada pelo The Weekend Tribune.Gordon Chavunduka, presidente da Associacao dos Medicos Tradicionais do Zimbabwe, e que tambem foi reitor da Universidade do Zimbabwe, afirmou que este nao se tratava do prmeiro caso no Zimbabwe!MASVINGO - In a development that has shocked many people in Masvingo,a Mwenezi widow has been made pregnant by her son, whom she says shenow wants to marry. Betty Mbereko (40), who was widowed 12 years ago,has been cohabiting with her first child Farai Mbereko (23), and saysshe prefers him to her late husband's young brothers.Now six months pregnant, Betty said she had decided that it wasbetter to "marry" Farai because she did not want to marry her latehusband's young brothers, whom she said were coveting her. The twoappeared before a village court last week and Betty stunned thevillagers when she said the love affair with her son had begun threeyears earlier. The Weekend Tribune attended the court session whereBetty poured out her love for her son, who is 17 years her junior.She said after spending a lot of money sending Farai to schoolfollowing the death of her husband, she felt she had the right to hismoney and no other woman was entitled to it. "Look, I strove aloneto send my son to school and no one helped me. Now you see that my sonis working and you are accusing me of doing something which isunheard of. Let me enjoy the products of my sweat," she told thevillage court.Betty added that marriage was an agreement between two people and noone was supposed to interfere. She even accused her late husband'syoung brothers of wanting to victimise her son, saying they alsowanted to marry her.Farai admitted that he was more than prepared to marry his mother andwould pay off the lobola balance his father had left unpaid to hisgrandparents. "I know my father died before he finished paying thebride price and I am prepared to pay it off," he said. He, however,admitted that his grandparents who referred his issue to his uncleshad advised that it was taboo for a son to marry his mother. "It isbetter to publicise what is happening because people should knowthat I am the one who made my mother pregnant. Otherwise they willaccuse her of promiscuity," he said.He added that it was better for him to marry his mother becausethey understood each other well. "I have been living with my mothersince I was young and I know we can have a fruitful futuretogether," he added. In Shona and many other cultures the two are notsupposed to have any sexual relationship. However, the two vowed tomarry despite that everyone else was against the idea. "We cannotallow this to happen in our village, mashura chaiwo aya, (This is abad omen indeed)"said local headman Nathan Muputirwa. "In the past ifsuch a thing happened, they would have to be killed but today wecannot do it because we are afraid of the police," he said.He warned the two to either break their marriage or leave his villageimmediately. Mother and son chose the latter option. They have since left the village for an unknown destination. Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association ZINATHA) president Gordon Chavunduka said he had also heard of many cases where mother and son were havingprivate love affairs. "Mother and son love relations are there but many are doing it privately," said Chavunduka. He added that it is taboo for society to accept those marriages but the situation is difficult to curb since modern people are no longer respecting their culture. "I only want to warn those who think theyare wise enough to defy their cultural regulations that a lot of evilspells are following them," he said.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Posted by MANUEL DE ARAÚJO at Thursday, March 27, 2008