It turns out they had decided to get married, and she is expecting his child… her grandchild?
40-years old Mbereko, who widowed 12 years ago, and 23-year-old Farai Mbereko claim they are in love with each other, and when she got pregnant, they decided to take their relationship to the next level.
Six months into her pregnancy, Mbereko decided it was better to “marry” her son because she does not want to marry her late husband’s other brothers, who have been looking to get her as a wife.
The village court was completely stunned last week after hearing about Mbereko’s affair with her son, which began three years ago.
She claims she spent a lot of money sending Farai to school, and that she now feels she has a right to his money, and not another woman.
“Look, I struggled 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 court council.
Farai was more than willing to marry his mother, and even told his mother’s family he was going to pay off part of the lobola his father still owed them when he passed away.
“I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” he said.
The man adds that “it is better to publicize what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant. Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity.”
Local headman Nathan Muputirwa was not that agreeable with this arrangement. “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 said, warning the couple to immediately break off their marriage or leave his village, which they did.