LIKE education, they say it is never too late to find love - and this aptly describes or captures Oppah Muchinguri's reported marriage to a Mbare-based clergyman Anthony Kashiri.
Although the Zanu PF Women's League boss was unavailable for comment, sources said a wedding was on the cards soon for the ex-Gender Affairs minister after the December conclusion of customary proceedings between the two families.
The marriage, according to WeekendPost sources, was a fulfilment of charismatic Nigerian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua's prophecy that the Manicaland beauty would find new love.
“She is very happy and in love. Although they have not been seen in public Muchinguri seems ready to flaunt her new-found toy around,” a source said.
A few weeks back, the Zanu PF politburo member angrily rejected opportunities for comment when asked about her marriage to the clergyman, who has been in gteh United States for years.
“It is none of your business. There are a lot of things you people can write about. Has anybody asked you about your personal life? In fact when the time comes you will be the first to know. It is probably in December,” Muchinguri said then.
A controversial figure and ex-freedom fighter, the Mbare-born beauty has proven she is not all about looks, but has a ticking political brain too after clashing bitterly with party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa over reforms in their home province.
In the internecine fights, Muchinguri stands accused of siding with a group pushing for Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to suceed President Robert Mugabe and against one vying for Vice President Joice Mujuru.
Previously married to a struggling Botswana-based trader Tapiwa Rushesha, she baled out in the late 1990s after a bitter divorce and reverted to her family name Muchinguri.
And over the years, the vivacious woman had been linked to a number of high-profile men, including government officials and Zimbabwe’s rumour mill went into overdive when the late Dendera maestro Simon Chimbetu penned a song extolling the virtues of an imaginary woman by the name “Oppah”.
While Muchinguri has two children from her previous marriage, reports around the acrimonious divorce and child custody battle claim her ex-husband Rushesha was embittered by the fact that she "routinely called for late night meetings" by her ex-government bosses.