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19/02/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has given a rare insight into his family – revealing his exasperation with his eldest son for flunking his A’ Levels.

Mugabe, who turns 88 on Tuesday, sat down for an interview with the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper over the weekend.

The Zanu PF leader told deputy editor Nomsa Nkala he had high hopes for his eldest child, Bona, in whom he says he can identify a bit of himself.

He admitted he was close to all his three children – Bona, 23, Robert Junior, 19, and Chatunga, 15, adding that he regularly engaged them in conversations about “their classes; school work; their likes and dislikes”.

Asked if he was in support of Robert Junior’s playing basketball for the national Under 18 team, Mugabe said the boy had become an Undertaker, local slang for achieving only a ‘U’ grade in exams.

“He did not do well in his A’ Level exams. We have now had to get him private teachers. He enjoys this basketball thing. He likes it, he goes to the gym after that, but aahh... we were given the impression he was working hard," said Mugabe, who has several degrees.

“’How are you doing?’, we would ask him, ‘The papers were not hard,’ he would say. We expected he would get through, but no, he became an undertaker! ‘U’s! That is why they call them undertakers! The whole group were all undertakers; about six of them.”

But Mugabe heaped praise on Bona, who graduated with a degree in accounting from City University in Hong Kong last year.

“The girl was not like that [Robert Junior]. We are with her for now. She wants to be a chartered accountant. We are very happy for her ,” Mugabe said, joking that she had reached the average marrying age.

“She is now 23. She will be wanting to get married in a year or two, perhaps. They don’t wait. They want to get married soon. She is a home girl though, not as outgoing as her brother.”

First family ... President Mugabe, his sons Robert Junior and Chatunga and wife Grace Mugabe


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