Bona finds love

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, has been married, it emerged yesterday.

REPORT BY JOHN NYASHANU POLITICAL EDITOR

A close family member and Zanu PF Uzumba MP-elect Simbaneuta Mudarikwa told our sister paper NewsDay yesterday that the First Family’s 24-year-old daughter got married on August 4 at a traditional ceremony held at Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba, Mashonaland West Province.

Mudarikwa said a wedding ceremony for Bona was scheduled for later this year, but declined to disclose the identity of Mugabe’s new son-in-law.

However, other close family members who spoke on condition of anonymity said the First Family’s son-in-law was a Zimbabwean working for an international
airline.

“All went on well and we are all very excited as a family about this development. Just wait for the wedding invitation cards, which should be sent out before the end of the year,” he said, declining to reveal the identity of Bona’s fiancé.

“Two other close family members who requested anonymity confirmed Bona’s marriage.

“The issue was raised at one recent family meeting where the First Family revealed that Bona is to be married and a date was set,” another source revealed.

“The event was held on Sunday last week and I understand things went well,” said the source.

It, however, could not be established how much lobola was paid.

In a recent documentary, Mugabe said any approach from a man seeking his daughter’s hand in marriage was like “. . . one from a wolf who has come to seize
one of my lambs — that’s the feeling”.

Bona, who many consider to be the apple of Mugabe’s eye, has two younger siblings, Robert Junior and Chatunga.

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