Mbire man, Misheck Nyandoro, has fathered 151 children with 16 wives and he is still counting.
“Mine is a project. This polygamy is a project that I have undertaken since 1983 and will end with my death. Whenever that day death visits, is when I will stop marrying and fathering children.
“I am planning on taking in my 17th wife this winter and the formalities are already being worked on. I will tell you when she comes in,’’ he says in a very relaxed but confident manner.
From his conundrum, 50 children are still in school in Mbire, Harare, Mutare and Guruve and little everywhere else, six are employed by the Zimbabwe National Army, two by police and 11 others are employed in different professions. He has married off 13 daughters. Two wives are pregnant. At least 23 of his sons are married, one of which is distantly following his father’s footsteps, on a count of four wives.
The project, he claims, has started working and his children pamper him with gifts daily.
“From my working children and getting pampered with money through EcoCash, almost daily and 11 of my children have put me on funeral policy. I get goods from sons-in law.”
Day after day, Nyandoro sits in his centrally located shed, eating meals, one by one, his wives bringing food for him. That is a good 16 meals!
“Every wife cooks her best everyday because the rule is I only eat what is delicious and I throw away what is not tasty. Every wife subscribes to that rule and does not get annoyed when I return her badly cooked food to her. It is the rule here. Rejected food should make her cook better next time,’’ he explains.
As he eats from that shed, Nyandoro plans that night’s duty roster for his wives’ conjugal rights and by his own admission, when planning the roster, he takes into consideration many factors. No wife knows she is on duty until he visits her bedroom.
“I married my first wife in 1983 and she is still here. I last married 2015 and stopped temporarily because the economy had become unfriendly. The New Dispensation has slowly fixed things and am getting a new one this June, she is currently in Harare and I have started the process. Had it not been for temporary economic hardships, the story would have been different, maybe getting close to 30 wives by now and 200 plus children.
“Now that the economy has stabilised, if you come back next year you will find two or three more new wives and several children, added to the number. But in the past six years, I have fathered 22 children. I am not stopping,” brags Mr Nyandoro.
“I am strong and feel as strong as I was when I was 18. I give conjugal rights to an average of four wives a night and I do the duty roaster personally. I go to the targeted bedrooms one by one. That is my job. There is no other job I do. They are all catered for and you can see they are happy. Afternoon conjugal rights are not considered during the duty roster, for, that is mainly accidental.
“You are free to interview each of them separately and in my absence. From where I stand, they are all happy! When I had five wives and below, I used to give them two-days conjugal rights duty each but as the number increased, I changed my tactics,’’ he declares.
You mean four women per night?
“Yes, four! Let me tell you the trick. It is like crop rotation in farming. The next crop is a new crop, it bbrings new energy and new dynamics.
“The moment I see the next woman, she is a completely new person and I feel like I haven’t done anything before. There is no magic but a sound mind. Never be lied to about juju or magic or anything. To me every wife is a new person. It feels different.
“When I am dealing with each wife, I tune myself to her age and demands so that we operate from the same level. What I do with the young wives is not what I do with the elderly ones. But again the reason why I am marrying two or three more in the recent future is that the elderly wives are no longer much interested in sex.
“At times I am chased