Zimbabwe’s 70-year-old minister marries 23-year-old girl in an elaborate wedding

A video showing 70-year-old Zimbabwean minister dancing uncontrollably after he married 23-year-old girl has gone viral on internet.

According to New Zimbabwe, the Matebeleland North Provincial Governor Cain Mathema wedded his youthful wife Bathabetsoe Nare in a colorful wedding in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Nare, a former Midlands State University student graduated in November 2016.

Mathema could be seen in the video dancing in a jovial mood with his wife.

Mathema reportedly left his first wife for a house helper, whom he married customarily in 2009. The maid was only 20-years-old at the time. He later left her for Nare after he met her while she was on attachment at a government complex in Bulawayo in 2014.

Newzimbabwe reports that Cain Ginyitshe Mathema impregnated and entered into a customary union with his ex-wife’s domestic worker before they had divorced. Musa Ncube, the governor’s third wife and his ex-wife’s former maid is suing him for the maintenance of their three children. Tempers flared when Ncube, 38, accused Mathema of “taking advantage” of her youth when he had sex with her when she was a 20-year-old and he was 44.

“I do not deny that I entered into a customary union which was illegal because I was in marriage by then,” Mathema admitted.

Cain Ginyitshe Mathema joins a list of President Robert Mugabe’s top officials who left their wives to marry young women.


Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe himself married a then young Grace Mugabe in 1996. The age difference between the Mugabes is 42 years.


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