By Sandra Birungi
A mother and her son have decided to get married after what the mother said was working hard at providing for her son after her husband died 12 years ago.
40-year-old Betty Mbereko from Mwenezi in Masvingo is already six months pregnant with her son’s baby. She has been living with her 23-year-old son, Farai Mbereko in a rented house a distance from the family home. The incident which took place in Nigeria left many in shock and a village court was called.
In court, Betty revealed that she begun dating her son three years ago. “Look, I strove alone to send my son to school and no one helped me. Now you see that my son is working, everyone is accusing me of doing something wrong,” she said. “Let me enjoy the products of my sweat,” she added.
Farai is as determined as his mother to get married to his mother. He said since his father who died 12 years ago did not complete his mother’s bride price, he was willing to do so. “I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” said Farai; he who works in a blue-chip company. “It is better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant and I am proud of it. Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity.”
Local headman Nathan Muputirwa said of the incident, “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.”
Mother and son have already left the village for an unknown destination due to public scrutiny.