'Mugabe master of double-speak'

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe, a stickler for discipline who has of late been preaching on the value and sanctity of marriage, admits to have cheated on his late wife Sally.

These shocking details were revealed in an interview Mugabe had with SABC’s People of South Africa Programme.

The programme will be aired on June 2, at 8:30pm.

In the interview with Dali Tambo, Mugabe, who recently scolded his party members embroiled in messy divorce cases, said he cheated on Sally because he wanted to give his late mother Bona grandchildren.

Sally died in 1992, and at that time his daughter Bona was around three-years-old. His second born Robert (junior) was born a few months before Sally’s death.

He married his current wife Grace, a former secretary whom he already had two children with, in 1996.

Mugabe claims she had divorced her first husband Stanley Goreraza sometime between 1995 and 1996.

The president told Tambo: “I did tell her and she just kept quiet and said fine but she did ask ‘Do you still love me’ and I said yes. And she said ‘oh fine,” he said.

He went on further to justify his extramarital affair saying that; “It is not the fact that one was attracted to her. After Sally was gone, it was necessary for me to look for someone and even as Sally was still going through her last few days, although it might have appeared to some as cruel, I said to myself well, it’s not just myself needing children, my mother has all the time said, ah, am I going to die without seeing grandchildren.”

“So I decided to make love to her. She happened to be one of the nearest and she was a divorcee herself and so it was. We got our first child when my mother was still alive.”

His admission of having an extra-marital affair is in sharp contrast with his utterances earlier this month where he said extramarital affairs were detrimental to nation building.

Mugabe told delegates attending the Zimbabwe Local Government Association meeting that men should uphold good morals and desist from cheating on their wives.

“All our men think that they have a right to be morally loose. Zvinonzi hurume ndozvaunoreva. When married you are supposed to have one wife. The number of divorces is on the rise and I do not think we are building the nation,” Mugabe said. - Thelma Chikwanha, Features Editor

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