Grace agonises over her sons' behaviour

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe, just like her husband, President Robert Mugabe, at the weekend shared her agony with relatives over the continuing wayward behaviour of sons — Robert Junior and Chatunga Bellarmine — whose unacceptable ways led to their ejection from an upmarket private residence in South Africa last month.

Grace was forced to make an emergency trip to Johannesburg last month to make new accommodation arrangements for Robert Junior and Chatunga after they were told to leave their plush residence due to numerous complains about their behaviour.

Robert Junior and Chatunga Bellarmine are resident in Johannesburg where they are studying following the First Family’s decision to relocate Junior, who had been based in the United Arab Emirates.

“Sometimes we are tempted even through our children. Manzwa mukomana (Moses Gumbochuma) anga achitaura pano kuti ndaiita misikanzwa. Vashoma vanhu vanotaura vachidaro. Vana vanoita misikanzwa (You heard the boy who was saying he used to be naughty. There are a few who will confess that, children are naughty),” said in remarks carried by the State media.

“All is not lost, you can still pick yourself up, wotanga woita chikoro zvakare. Iko zvino kwaane mweya inobata vana vedu. Mweya wekunwa, madrugs, and kuda kuita zvinhu zvisiri zvezera ravo. (These days there is a spirit of alcoholism and drug abuse and they want to do things not consistent with their age.

“Zvese izvozvo if you give up, ndiani anozvigadzirisa? Ana mai vazhinji vakashinga, tine moyo minyoro. Izvezvi ndikati simuka utaure zvemwana wako ka, madzimai tingaite rufu pano madzimai achingochema pano. (If you give up on them who will fix it. You need to be patient. Mothers are strong, if I say to mothers stand and tell us about your kids, this will become a funeral with mothers crying),” Grace told guests in Shamva over the weekend.

“I have said to my husband I have stopped living for anyone, ndakuzvigarira hupenyu hwangu; soul yangu ndeyangu ndega, ikange yabuda haibudi neye mwana wangu.

“I am telling you because vana havana basa kuti ndeva President or ndevani (I now want to live my life. It does not matter that they are the president’s children.

“All kids are now naughty these days. I have seen parents wearing torn clothes because their kids are demanding malabels epamusoro. In schools and universities, vana vari kuita zvefashion, and vana vacho havanzwisise (children are concentrating on fashion and they are naughty. ” she said.

The errant and fun-loving Mugabe sons, despite their status in society, have found it difficult to lead restricted lifestyles and have often been pictured mingling with ordinary Zimbabweans at football matches and upmarket entertainment venues.

Of late both Mugabe and Grace have been showing signs of exasperation with the Zanu PF leader publicly warning Chatunga to lay off fun and concentrate on his studies.

Speaking at Grace’s lavish 50th birthday celebrations that took place on Chatunga’s then 18th birthday, in 2015 Mugabe— who spoke from the heart — said he feared that his son could be headed for disaster if he did not improve on his discipline.

It was also revealed at those celebrations that Mugabe left it to his wife to discipline the children.

“I say congratulations to Bellarmine, Bellarmine Bellarmine, and I want to say in this environment perhaps it will give him more encouragement and greater sense of seriousness, that you are now a grown person, mature.

“Not yet eligible to marry, but to certainly devote to your studies with greater seriousness, we want you to go through. You’re ‘A’ Level, let us not see you fail.

“The constant retreats to restaurants, refusing to eat at home should stop now,” Mugabe said then.

As if to confirm his father’s fears, Chatunga gave the gathered guests at the bash a glimpse of his lack of maturity —while giving a speech at the party.

Rather thoughtlessly, the then 18-year-old directed people to give him applause because he was “handsome”.

Chatunga was expelled from a top Harare private school, St George’s College, in 2013 — over gross-indiscipline, prompting his parents to resort to home schooling.

During an interview that the First Family had with South African journalist Dali Tambo a few years ago, Grace also revealed that her son preferred spending time playing video games rather than studying.

In 2009, Chatunga reportedly flunked his Grade 7 examinations, managing to score 14 points in the exams at the prestigious Hartmann House — and ranking among the very few students who failed in his class.

While Mugabe was a high flier at school, earning several academic achievements in the process, only his daughter Bona appears to have taken after him.

She is a holder of an Accountancy degree and made her family proud when she wed pilot Simba Chikore in 2014.

Comments (18)

What can you expect from the Robbers and Muggers' kids. Vana vasina kurongeka sababa naAmai..... Nonsense it all starts from the family please and the rest is just balderdash and hotchpotch/hodgepodge..Remember that it is tax payer's money they are abusing......we shall follow them one day. Watch this space please a nd looking back. Vachamama chete kana nguva yasvika ok be forwarned

Clemence Tashaya - 25 July 2017

What can you expect from the Robbers and Muggers' kids. Vana vasina kurongeka sababa naAmai..... Nonsense it all starts from the family please and the rest is just balderdash and hotchpotch/hodgepodge..Remember that it is tax payer's money they are abusing......we shall follow them one day. Watch this space please a nd looking back. Vachamama chete kana nguva yasvika ok be forwarned

Clemence Tashaya - 25 July 2017

Vana vanorohwa nekuda kwezvivi zvevabereki.Ati adii Grace,,baba pavachatisiya asara ega acharidza mhururu.Mwari ahaasi benzi

Matsotsi - 25 July 2017

This is how God punishes them.Children of peasants are made to wait in scotching heat and long cold days waiting for the so called First Family in the so called interface rallies.As if it is not enough, their learning periods are disrupted for no any other reasons but praise singing the First Family while its children are enjoying the comfort of posh residential flats in upmarket suburbs of Sandton .They even go to an extent of bunking lessons due to the enomity of luxurious life they lead in foreign lands.

Gen. Spinola - 25 July 2017

GOD IS FOR US ALL!!!!!

observer - 25 July 2017

Robert Mugabe killed a lot of people since 1980 and are lying underground quietly - his children are being punished now!! Mugabe and Grace are destroying Zimbabwe economy - what a curse, his children will be mad by drugging themselves!!! Public funds are daily looted by first family - that money being looted will act like poison amongst their children!!!! Mugabe is sending banditry youths and ZANU(PF) criminals to kill his political opponents and destroy their homes - while people are being killed, God will make first family children have self-destruction. All insults and intimidations perpetrated by ZANU (PF) on innocent public are turning into biblical Legion that is infesting Mugabe ` s children. Worse is to come if Mugabe and his wife continue to be politically insane - that insaneness will in-turn invade their children. Alla-llaaa madoda vakomana!!!!!

Natural Heavenly Godly Revenge - 25 July 2017

Robert Mugabe killed a lot of people since 1980 and are lying underground quietly - his children are being punished now!! Mugabe and Grace are destroying Zimbabwe economy - what a curse, his children will be mad by drugging themselves!!! Public funds are daily looted by first family - that money being looted will act like poison amongst their children!!!! Mugabe is sending banditry youths and ZANU(PF) criminals to kill his political opponents and destroy their homes - while people are being killed, God will make first family children have self-destruction. All insults and intimidations perpetrated by ZANU (PF) on innocent public are turning into biblical Legion that is infesting Mugabe ` s children. Worse is to come if Mugabe and his wife continue to be politically insane - that insaneness will in-turn invade their children. Alla-llaaa madoda vakomana!!!!!

Natural Heavenly Godly Revenge - 25 July 2017

Vana vanorerwa nasekuru!!!!?? Pfipfipfipfi, seka zvako mwana wa Nesongano!!!! Zvokwadi mungadi iye mutana iyeyu wamunoti bhobho angachengeta pwere idzodzi angadzigona!!? Mukadzi ipwere ine pamuromo panenge paHaruna, ukuwo vana vacho vanoita zvikunda ngoma kurira.

Nesongano - 25 July 2017

Kids are a reflection of their parents. Clearly the Mugabe's neglected their kids. The dad was scheming night and day how to stay in power for ever. The man is relentless, he controls everything, he wants to be everywhere and know everything under the Zimbabwean sun. There is no way he dedicated time to his kids. He all but admitted he leaves it to his wife. The same wife who he stle from someone else, she left her husband for another man. She abandoned her kids father. Now look at the kid wacho, Rusell? Another waste of fresh air becoz his life was ruined all for the love of money and status by his mother. The Mugabes are now crying fould and asking pple to understand and cry with them but ask yourselves, are they the only pple with kids? This is the proverbial case of the chickens coming home to roost. The kids were never in a normal family and don't know good behaviour, they don't worry about their future becoz to them their dad will always be alive, always be president and their mum will always get them what they want. From Dubai - chased for drugs and mum and dad come in person to avoid the hangman's noose. Then to SA in a posh place they fill with mbanje, damaging pple's cars and properties but mum comes to the rescue. Perhaps the parents should have let them rot in jail for a while or denied them. Hanzi naMugabe Bellarmine don't eat at resturants. The man is an idiot....where does the boy get the money to go there? Take the cash away and you won't have to tell him that.

Kwidz - 26 July 2017

Initial reaction from us zinatha gurus is that maybe they are using a surname that is not theirs. This usually presents serious character deformities that can be cured by a traditional ceremony at their proper ancestral home. vanonaka ava

gabadeli - 26 July 2017

Vana ava ndevani. I think they are just like their biological fathers and not their social father R G

Zimbabwe - 26 July 2017

what do you expect from vana vemabvumbura akadai? mai dofo rinotenga madegree, kutorera vanhu varume, kutora mapurazi. baba vainzi vaibira vamwe mbeva, kutorera munhu mukadzi, kuponda vanhu, nharo,makaro, utsinye in general. i suspect kuti nemadegree iwayo akabiwa. zvinhu zvingani pamunhu mumwechete zvino munoti vana vanageende nepi?

josphat mugadzaweta - 26 July 2017

Mungataure zvenyu mukadini, asi mugoni wepwere ndeasinayo. Zvichida imi dai muri vana vapresident mungadai muchiita zvinorova. Batsirai vana ava sevana vese.

Aaron - 26 July 2017

He should be retired and having time with his family and yet he is still going around the world No family time

Slim Cat - 30 July 2017

That's rich coming from you, "Doctor" Grace Marufu-Mugabe! Grace Mugabe bought her degree and threatened lecturers to accelerate her Master's and Doctorate in impossible time Grace Mugabe uprooted families from their homes, in winter, just before harvesting, so she could take over Mazowe. Grace Mugabe barred fishermen from fishing from the Mazowe dam...destroying their source of nutrition and subsistence Grace Mugabe is the worst decision Robert Mugabe ever made. She is the source of all leadership tolerance of the suffering of people Those evil spirits she spoke of are invited by her and her husband, through their evil and treacherous deeds...all for money, wealth, status and greed. May those children make her suffer as she has done to the people of Zimbabwe. May she not know rest and comfort whilst Zimbabweans suffer under her influence.

Comrade - 30 July 2017

How can Grace say all children misbehave? That is an uninformed generalisation. We have children of the same ages who were dedicated to God and raised with the fear of God and are doing very well. Does Grace even know that there is a book called Proverbs in the bible? They think money can buy peace and happiness..... forget it. You reap what you sow. God is not mocked

Dakarai - 31 July 2017

Zamo ravakanwa riri poisonous vangadiiwo

fatso - 31 July 2017

THE RICH ALSO CRY? Kkkkkk!!!!!!

observer - 1 August 2017

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