Ailing MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife, Elizabeth hid his passport for four days in a bid to force him to retire and hand over to Nelson Chamisa.

Elizabeth told the former prime minister’s family that the military had assured her that Tsvangirai would be given his pension and other benefits for serving in the inclusive government between 2009 and 2013 if he handed power to Chamisa.

The Standard reports that the drama started on January 4 when President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga visited Tsvangirai. He was supposed to leave for South Africa on that day. Elizabeth took her husband’s passport and refused to hand it over to Tsvangirai for four days until the intervention of some former diplomats and the former prime minister’s political allies.

Tsvangirai’s son Edwin confirmed that his father failed to travel on time because he did not have his passport, but downplayed Elizabeth’s role in the fiasco, saying it was just a mix-up. “Mainini Eliza had his passport,” he said. “It appeared as if she had confiscated it but that was not the case. There was just a mix-up and it was resolved.”

Tsvangirai’s brother Manasa also downplayed allegations that Macheka held on to the passport demanding that the MDC-T leader sign the alleged document.

“Is there anything wrong with you giving your wife your passport?” he responded rhetorically when asked about the delayed trip to South Africa.