- Published on 12 July 2014
- Written by Herald
HE has fathered 128 children with 15 wives but has not stopped marrying and "manufacturing" more children. For Misheck Doctor Nyandoro, it is game on . . . three of his wives are pregnant and more could be pregnant by the end of this winter. Three new wives could join the family within a year, if all goes according to plan.
This can surely not be called a family, but a community! One can easily call him a community administrator and not a father of a family — it is too big you really need tactically correct managerial skills.
Each night he sits in his centrally located shed, eating super supper, one by one, his wives bringing food for him. That is a good 15 meals!
Every wife cooks her best because the rule is "Dr Love" only eats what is delicious and throws away what is not tasty. Every wife subscribes to that rule and does not get annoyed when her badly cooked food is returned to her.
She should, in fact, strive to do better, next time.
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 15 wives between 1982 and 2002 and stopped temporarily due to the unfriendly economic situation, otherwise I would have been talking a different story. Now that the economy has stabilised, if you come back next year you will find two or three more new wives, added to the number," 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 at night. That is my job. They are all catered for and you can see they are happy. You are free to talk to 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 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. The moment I see the next woman, she is a completely new person and I feel like I haven't done it 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.
"At times I don't restrict myself to night only. When time permits, even during the day, I do it. Any time is tea time! 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 away or told to go for the younger ones."
But why so many wives and children?
"I went to war in 1977 and came back at independence in 1980. During the war, I saw many colleagues die at the hands of the Rhodesians and I swore to replace them by fathering many children, if I survived the war. True, I survived the war and I am replacing them. I am being honest and faithful to my vow to replace the gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who died at war. This is my personal contribution to the rebuilding of the nation.
"I have not stopped making babies, the sky is the limit. I have not stopped marrying either, God allowing, I will go even up to 100 wives.
"Among my children are six soldiers in the Zimbabwe National Army, three policemen, two teachers and several others working elsewhere. That is my contribution. I have 45 children in school, primary, secondary and tertiary and because I am a war veteran, the Government pays for my children's fees. I have no problem."
How does he manage?
"I am a very powerful, firm and principled man. Every woman or child knows it. I don't favour anyone. I am naturally an administrator. I am in charge. My oldest wife has the biggest number of children, 13. But I am not stopping her. As long as she can still conceive, it is game on.
"The last wife has seven children because she is the youngest and she is still going strong and will get there."
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," he said.
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."