2. Betty Mbereko
In 2014, the story of Betty Mbereko, a Zimbabwean mother who got married to her son and got pregnant for him, shocked the world.
Betty, 40 at the time, who had been widowed for 12 years, married her son Farai Mbereko, 23 at the time,
Ms Mbereko, who was 6 months pregnant for her son at the time they got married, said she decided it is better to marry her son because she does not want to marry her late husband’s young brothers, whom she says have been coveting her. She told the village court that the affair with her son had begun three years earlier.
According to Zimbabwe Mail, she told the village court council: “Look, 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.”
Mrs. Mbereko’s son/husband said he was more than prepared to marry his mother and would pay off the bride price balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents.
He said: “I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off. It is better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant.”
The village court asked them to immediately break off their marriage or leave his village. They chose the latter and have since left the village for an undisclosed destination.