Bona wedding: Borrowdale comes to standstill

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s neighbours had a hell of a day yesterday being subjected to rigorous searches by gun-totting security details as First Daughter Bona, tied the knot to Simba Chikore at a splendorous ceremony attended by the crème de le crème.

While it was all pomp and fanfare at Mugabe’s plush Borrowdale home, it was a nightmare for his neighbours who had to deal with increased security in the neighbourhood after the 90-year-old leader opened his house to the public for the first time.

The Daily News on Sunday crew failed to make it past the roadblocks manned by soldiers armed with assault rifles — who kept sentry guarding the highly-fortified residence of the Mugabes.

Close to 4 000 people attended the wedding and it was a nightmarish experience for dwellers of the usually serene upmarket suburb as thousands of top-of-the-range vehicles caused huge congestion in the Helensvale and Borrowdale Brooke area.

There was no church service for the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which lies in the

vicinity of Mugabe’s home and even construction workers working in the area were nowhere in sight.

Usually, one passes Mugabe’s home fairly hustle-free but yesterday people had to disclose their residential addresses to security personnel to be allowed passage.

At the end it was, however, a fairy tale wedding as Simba a pilot and Bona an accountant tied the knot, revealing to the world that sometimes they spoke for six hours on the phone.

Bona, captivated the crowd, which included former heads of State like, ex-Ghana President Jerry John Rawlings, and Botswana’s former leader Sir Ketumile Masire, with a dazzling smile.

The interior deco was amazing — and the Mugabes could have spent a fortune, not that the First Family cannot afford extravagant spending.

They own farms including a thriving dairy and even the venue of the wedding is not your usual home.

In a sign of things to come for Simba, Mugabe arrived with an entourage that included heaving men in dark suits.

The 18-hour long programme was briefly televised on national broadcaster ZTV.

Comments (13)

Makorokoto Bona. Wadadisa nyika. Imba haisi nyore kana iwe ukasashinga. Well done Mr. and Mrs Chikore

Zvaa zvinhu - 2 March 2014

Congratulations Simba and Bona we are all proud of you!

Tawanda - 2 March 2014

Kwira munhu Simba. Bhora mugedhi. erection hairiggike

Boorangoma - 2 March 2014

The best present Mugabe can give to Bona and Zimbabwe is to retire and free Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean - 2 March 2014

it is prudent that the writer is aware that the readers here are not all drunk, please write something meaningful. this used to be an exciting paper. you school of thought must have been overtaken by events. Congrats Bona& Simba

cde tongai - 3 March 2014

Haiwawo vanaCde Tongai, tibvirei. Tinokuzivai kuti makadhakwa neZed nema-crumbs amakapiwa ku-Graceland, kumuchato waBona! Kkkkkkkkkkk!

Kamba - 3 March 2014

Well done Bona for setting a good example semwana wefirst family to the young ones in Zimbabwe, for obeying your parents, makorokoto, congratulations nekubatanidzwa, mugare zvakanaka mwari akukomborerei, God bless you.

tichaona - 3 March 2014

What God joins no man can put asunder, Thank you Bona wadadisa newe Simba, the best is please stay in the house of The Lord., God bless you madadisa Zimbabwe yose, you stars, Thank you

Chihwa Wekumupata Bikita Chivaka - 3 March 2014

makorokoto makorokoto,simba and bona,yu proved to us how things should go in our lovely Zimbabwe.kuna amai mugabe,mai venyika makatidadisa,makamira-mira,dai vanamai vose vemuno vakaita sezvamakaita nyika yedu inobudirira....Mai Mugabe--makaratidza semuenzaniso zvinofanirwa kuitwa samai...

Mashiriyapungana - 3 March 2014

no msg

donald mukungunugwa - 3 March 2014

I call for professionalism for the editor of this paper. You criticize everything .I wonder whether your reporters have got the necessarily exposure. It was a one time event and the neighbors were informed before hand. I don't see anything unusual of the search ,it was a standard procedure. This happens across the world where VIP guests are gathered. I guess if you guys have got nothing to write it's better you dont write anything. You should learn to appreciate what is good.

hombre - 4 March 2014

kudadisa Zimbabwe pakudii apa? what does Zimbabwe gain from this wedding? it was not supposed to be a state wedding televised live on national tv!!!

cdo tongo - 10 March 2014

kudadisa Zimbabwe pakudii apa? what does Zimbabwe gain from this wedding? it was not supposed to be a state wedding televised live on national tv!!!

cdo tongo - 10 March 2014

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