President Robert Mugabe accused his ministers for engaging in multiple marital relationships in what he blamed on too much wealth Â his ministers have accrued.
The Zimbabwean leader revealed he had raised the issue of his ministers having ‘small houses’ in a cabinet meeting.
â€œI said to the Cabinet the other day: ‘Looking at all of you, who can I say does not have a small house?’ Let us not follow that. One man, one wife and your marriage will go a long way.â€
â€œThe wealth some of these people have is what is causing problems,â€ he said.
Mugabe, who said he too had an extra-marital affair with his current wife, Grace, when his first wife ( Mugabe’s first wife, Sally, died in 1992) was still alive urged women in that country to shun married men.
â€œThe ladies must fight this …they are the people in the Â ‘small houses’,â€ President Mugabe said. He lamented that he never gets invitations to divorces. despite getting numerous for weddings
â€œI get invited to many weddings and often get asked to stand up and dance in celebration, which I do.â€
Then he quipped,â€œbut later I get told that wedding has failed and I wonder why I was dancing. I never get invited to the divorces.â€
In 2011, President Mugabe told an AIDS conference that he knew of government officials living with the disease who had multiple sexual partners.
â€œCases of promiscuity are now rampant even in Zanu PF,â€ he said at the time.
Zimbabwe once had one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world but this has now declined to 13 percent.