Farai Mbereko, a year- old native of from Mwenezi in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, admitted making his year- old mother, Betty Mbereko, pregnant "to protect her" from relatives who were accusing her of promiscuity. The mother and son "couple" long ago left the village with Betty reportedly staying in Mozambique while Farai is said to be working in the distant town of Chiredzi.
A small hut with a collapsed caved- in roof stands in the middle of Muputirwa village deep in the forests of Mwenezi. Outside the deserted hut are four, thin, but vicious dogs whose barking is intimidating.
No sign exists of their master at the house that once belonged to Farai, and who left the entire village stunned when he made his year- widowed mother Betty pregnant. According to a local newspaper, The Sunday Mail, the couple fled under pressure from village elders.
However, many villagers reluctantly spoke of how the whole area is still living in shock at the bizarre incident. It is difficult to get any detailed information from them because they go into a deathly silence. Talking about the issue just angers them. The few who speak about it say they are happy that the mother and son couple has left the village.
Sauro Moyo says, "This is strange. I have never heard of such an unholy union since I was born 67 years ago. It is dirty, embarrassing, obscene and worse than gay relationships. She poured out her love for her son, who is 17 years her junior. Even young children said they had heard of the incident but were not allowed to speak about it or go near the former Mbereko homestead.
Our parents told us that we should not go to that house as it is cursed," said one child who lives and plays near the old homestead. Villagers say Betty Mbereko left the village for her native Mozambique following orders given by the former village head, Mr. Pressure also came from villagers who destroyed the roof of her hut and threatened to burn it down, resulting in her leaving in a huff.
She was also quite afraid of being arrested for incest. Another villager, Mr Tafirenyika Dhewa, said Betty Mbereko, who was then nine months pregnant , spent her a number of days locked inside her house.
They only saw her ferrying her property to a bus stop in an ox- drawn cart on the morning that she left. Her husband had died 12 years earlier, leaving her with four children. Farai was the eldest and inherited his father's belongings which included all the cattle. Mother and son would go to a local tavern and drink kachasu beer together. Farai is said to have beaten up any prospective suitor who dared court his mother. He said Farai was the first to leave the village two weeks before his mother, and that his whereabouts were not clear.
Others believe he is in Beitbridge," he said. Betty Mbereko, the mother, is said to have decided that it was better to "marry" her son, Farai, because she was not interested in her late husband's younger brothers who would normally have been expected to take her as wife. And now they want to marry since the mom, Betty Mbereko is six months pregnant and expecting her son's child. When the two mother and son "lovebirds" appeared before a village court, Betty Mbereko initially denied she was carrying her son's child.
However, Betty stunned the village court week when she confessed that the affair with her son had begun three years earlier. She confirmed that she was six months pregnant and that she decided it was better to 'marry' her son because she did not want to marry her late husband's young brothers, whom she says are coveting her.
She also explained that after spending a lot of money sending Farai to school following the death of her husband, she felt she had a right to his money and no other woman was entitled to it.
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 asked the village court. Farai Mbereko also admitted to making his mother pregnant " to protect her " from relatives who were accusing her of promiscuity. He shocked the village court when he openly stated that he was more than prepared to marry his mother and would pay off the lobola balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents.
Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity. Nathan Muputirwa ruled that: This is a bad omen indeed mashura chaiwo aya. In the past if such a thing happened, they would have to be killed but today we cannot do it because we are afraid of the police. The mother and son lovers obviously chose the latter option, and have left the village for an unknown destination, reported another newspaper, The Weekend Tribune.
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