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15 Wives, 128 Kids, Still Counting: Meet Zimbabwe’s Super Dad – I’m Replacing My Comrades Killed In War


Nyandoro’s family mainly relies on farming, courtesy of the land reform programme and after each harvest, he shares accordingly.

Each wife has her kitchen and cooks with her children. Boys eat together but girls eat with their mothers.

Elderly boys graduate from their mother’s bedroom to the master boys’ bedroom, where the oldest son around is in charge.

“My church does not allow women to cook together. Each must cook on her own in as much as she sleeps in her own bedroom. I married all my women according to church discipline.

“I never married an under-aged girl.

“I wait for 18 years.

“I have paid lobola accordingly. None of the wives was organised for me. I approached each one of them personally. Of course, these women have small camps but I manage them.

Born in Mbire District north of Harare in 1955, Misheck Nyandoro joined the Johanne Marange Apostolic church in 1972.

In 1977 he joined the liberation struggle and was trained at Mgagao Camp before coming back to operate in the then Dande Tribal Trust Land. It is there, that he saw his colleagues dying at the hands of the Rhodesian army and vowed to replace them by siring many children, if he survived the war.

At independence in 1980, he was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army and worked briefly in Nyanga and Bulawayo. It was while at BBS Nyangombe Camp in Nyanga that he married his first wife. He also worked at Four Brigade in Gutu, Masvingo.

At the army he rose through the army ranks to sergeant before retiring.

After marrying his first wife, the aftermath became a roller coaster of marrying until the economic hiatus restrained him in 2002. At times he married three wives in a year.

Had it not been for the economic hiatus, the story could have been different.

Very, very different!

“I am not employed. My duty is to satisfy my wives. I know each of them personally and I satisfy them accordingly.”

Parting short: “A man who is ruled by women has no place in heaven.”


By: Isdore Guvamombe 


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