Pregnant Mother Set to Marry Own Son in Zimbabwe

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Is it wrong for a mother to marry her own son?  No, not at all!  At least, not according to a forty-year old woman…….

Is it wrong for a mother to marry her own son?  No, not at all!  At least, not according to a forty-year old woman and her 23-year-old son in Zimbabwe.

Surprised?  Well, as the Americans rightly put it, “You ain’t heard nothing yet.”

Not only is Betty Mbereko, mother of Farai Mbereko, set to marry him, she is also pregnant by her son!

While it is not wrong to marry one’s immediate relation in some countries, in Zimbabwe it is considered an abomination.  The elders of the village in which this family resides have expressed their regret that the incident did not take place a few decades ago.  Had it, they would have killed this abominable family that is bringing shame and disgrace unto the village.

According to jadeafrican.com, the couple have opted to leave the village  rather than call off their marriage.

“Look,” Betty Mbereko says, “I strove 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.”

Whether you find this family to be hilarious or revolting, let’s add one little detail: Farai says he is ready to pay the rest of the bride price his father failed to pay to his mother’s family before his death.  So at least he’s doing the right thing.

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