The following news report first appeared on October 11, 2007, in the African Press International (API), and has hit the web again and again. However, there is no evidence to prove or disprove the story as yet.
Betty Mbreko, a 40-year-old widow from Mwenezi in Masvingo, Zimbabwe has shared her bed with her 23-Year-Old Son Farai Mbereko for the past three years. Her husband died 12 years before. Now, she is pregnant with the seed of her son.
The mother stunned a village court when she said that she did not want to marry any of her late husband’s younger brothers who are coveting her, and so, started the affair with her son three years earlier. She affirmed that she is six months pregnant and intends to marry her son even though the authorities accused their affair as something wrong.
She said that she struggled alone after her husband’s death and spent a lot of money to educate her son and no one helped her; and now that her son is working she felt she had a right to his money than any other woman and wanted the authorities to let her enjoy the rewards of her sweat.
Betty’s late husband had died without paying the lobola, the bride price, to her parents for her hand in marriage. Her son Farai said he was more than ready to marry his mother and pay the lobola his father had left unpaid to his grandparents. He added: “It is better to publicize what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant. Otherwise, they will accuse her of promiscuity.”
However, Nathan Muputirwa, the local headman said: “We cannot allow this to happen in our village, this is a bad omen indeed. In the past, they would have been killed, but today we cannot do it because we are afraid of the police.” He then warned the mother and son to break off their affair or leave the village immediately.
The incestuous couple chose to leave the village, and now, no one knows their whereabouts.