The lady who would be the new First Lady of Zimbabwe

'Chamisa is the politician, Mrs Chamisa is a citizen with her own interests'

MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa showcased the woman who would be the First Lady of Zimbabwe if he wins Monday’s election

Sithokozile Chamisa has not been seen at any of the 80 rallies so far, as her 40-year-old husband crisscrossed the country preaching a message of hope and transformation.

Sithokozile Nyaradzo Thabethe, born on February 28, 1978, hails from Chipinge in Manicaland Province. She studied law at the University of Zimbabwe, graduating in 2002. The couple have a son, Ashley.

He recalled the special time how they had met, at a birthday dinner for the late former MDC spokesperson Learnmore Jongwe’s wife, Rutendo, in 2000.

Nelson Chamisa was, then the secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu), said he had borrowed a vehicle – a Nissan Hardbody – from Tapiwa Mashakada, now a senior MDC figure, to go and impress girls at college.

“Rutendo said I’m introducing you to my cousin, and when I saw her I thought to myself, this is a woman to settle down with,” Nelson Chamisa said.

“I had no cent to my name and she repelled my advances. She said I’m a lawyer, you know. I said I’m a lawyer too. Which university did I go to, she asked. I said I haven’t enrolled to study law, but I will,” he added to laughter from the crowd.

The courtship went on for six months before she relented, he revealed.

He ssaid his wife works for a law firm in Harare and had many other engagements that made it impossible to take her on the road for the gruelling campaign programme which ended midnight on Saturday.

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He pointed out that she was not too keen on politics – which would be a departure from Zimbabwe’s two most recent first ladies, Grace Mugabe and Auxillia Mnangagwa. Grace headed the Zanu PF Women’s League while Auxillia was an MP for Zanu PF.

“Chamisa is the politician, Mrs Chamisa is a citizen with her own interests,” the MDC Alliance leader explained.