40-Year-Old Mother to Marry Her Own Son
|There's the weird part of YouTube (you know what we're talking about) and then there's the weird part of the world, all brought to you by the amazing Internet. The latest piece of weird news that we've stumbled upon comes from Zimbabwe, where Betty Mbereko (from Mwenezi in Masvingo) and her 23-year-old son has declared to be in love with each other and that they're ready to take their relationship to the next level: marriage. This is especially because Mbereko is now six months pregnant with, waitforit, her son's child... slash her own grandchild.|
While the 40-year-old mother, who has been living with her son, Farai Mbereko, has been a widow for the past 12 years, the affair only began three years ago. Her decision to "marry" her son was also made because she does not want to marry her late husband's younger brothers, whom she says are coveting her. Her son, in her opinion, would be a better choice.
She believed that no other woman was entitled to her son's money (except herself) as she had spent a lot of money on Farai's education since her husband's death. "Look, I strove alone to send my son to school and no one helped me. Now that you see my son working, you accuse me of doing something wrong," she told the village court council.
"Let me enjoy the products of my sweat."
And her son seems to see eye-to-eye with his mother. Farai said he was more than prepared to marry his mother and that he would pay off the lobola (dowry)'s balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents.
"I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off," he said. "It is better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant."
"Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity."
Well, either way, it wasn't approved of at all. Local headman Nathan Muputirwa said, "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."
And so, he gave them two choices: break off their marriage or leave his village. They chose the latter and have since left to an undisclosed destination.
Source: Jade African