Bona's wedding in March — Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday said his daughter Bona will tie the knot in March next year.

Commissioning two boys’ hostels and a bus to Chishawasha Mission Primary School just  outside Harare, a jovial Mugabe said all were welcome to the wedding of his daughter, an accountant by profession.

Mugabe’s 24-year-old daughter completed traditional marriage formalities with boyfriend, Simba Chikowore, at the family’s Zvimba rural home in August, with the Qatar Airways pilot said to have paid $35 000 in bride price.

Just last week, Mugabe’s wife Grace also hinted that Bona will be walking down the aisle soon without giving a specific date.

However, Mugabe went a step further, showering praises on his daughter, who was by his side.

“We have this sister here whom we named Bona after her grandmother,” Mugabe said.

“She went to school at Dominican Convent. She was brought up in a Christian environment and on November 16, she will be going back to Singapore for her graduation, she already has a Bachelors’ degree and now this one will be a Masters.

“As you know, she has now chosen to have her own family, she will be having her wedding probably in March next year, tinozokukokai mose (we will invite you).”

Mugabe, a Catholic, was also accompanied by First Lady Grace, who last weekend called upon girls to treasure their virginity.

The veteran Zanu PF leader said it was his government’s top priority to educate everyone and encouraged schools to inculcate good behaviour in pupils.

Speaking about the hostel project which he helped build, Mugabe said Chishawasha was an important place for him because it was his late mother Bona’s birth place.

Mugabe said he personally sourced funding for the project.

Mbuya Bona is the name of the bus that Mugabe donated to the Catholic school.

“We value education; I think I should say it is actually a cancer among our people because everyone wants their children to go to school and that is why we have been giving out computers to schools,” the former teacher said.

“We normally give 10 computers per school but favouritism irikowo saka Chishawasha takavapa 20.

“It is very important, that is where Kutama came from, where it was born,” said Mugabe referring to people who migrated from Chishawasha to Zvimba, including his late mother.

Mugabe said it was important to fund education locally because missionaries were gone.

“We have our people whom we have empowered through education and now they are prosperous in business and they are prepared to give back to the community,” he said.

“When Father Mukonori (Fidelis) approached us we thought of our long-time friend Kamushinda (Enock).

“He is not Catholic but because of our friendship, our understanding, he has come forward to help us with the construction of this block, so we leave you this project as a gift from our friend Kamushinda.”

The president pledged to construct another hostel for the girls.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by businessman Kamushinda, Local government minister Ignatius Chombo and the Provincial Superior of Jesuit Fathers Stephen Buckland, who led a special thanksgiving mass.

Comments (7)

There is no water and no electricity in Harare. People are dying of hunger and starvation. Who gives a f..k about Bona's marriage or graduation. Its a family matter, they can celebrate but not rub it in our faces.. We too have aspirations for our families, we are not and will never ask for handouts, but just give us a fair playing field, allow the ingenuity anD industriousness of Zimbabweans to shine, but no. Only a chosen few....

tino - 18 October 2013

Bona, an accountant by profession since when? Where did she train & qualify?

Lt General - 18 October 2013

Bons's wedding in March.-So?

Squarebasher - 20 October 2013

A lot of madness and self praise has pricked my eye. Let us concentrate on nation building rather than family issues, kuda kutivhairira here, we also have daughter that got married in style and not just one. Your achivements are for our children to read in their history what we need now is an equal opportunity for all girl. You had Bona study in China, but you forget the rightful heirs of the resources of this country. Girl are suffuring, struggling at UZ, NUST, MSU but you have done nothing. Right now you want to cap more than five thousand graduands at full of cranes, is this what our tategurus fought for. Equality is our strength. Let us not be selfish Gushungo, the truth is people are afraid of you but i am not. Bona is just a girl like any other in this country.

Tapfuma K Sezi - 21 October 2013

Guys ngatisaitai Jealous,dai uri iwe given the chance to say something about your daughter or son would you not say it. Life is never fair, we should not expect, life yemwana wako kana vaNhingi to be the same as waBona. farai nevanofara. veduwee,

nuertral - 21 October 2013

futi futi zvine basa rei

tkaps - 21 October 2013

Dai ari mwana waMorgen Tsvangirai aroorwa arikuchata, aita maDegree two, etc murikutii? don't be hypocrites . Nekuti Its Mugabe that's why you say nasty things

nuertral - 21 October 2013

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