PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, is married, it was reported on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old married her as-yet-to-be named boyfriend during a traditional ceremony at Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba on August 4, the NewsDay reported, citing a close family friend.
“All went well and we’re all very excited as a family about this development,” Zanu PF Uzumba MP-elect Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, a close family friend, was quoted as saying.
But Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba told New Zimbabwe.com he was unaware of the development.
“I’ll have to check and get back to you. It’s my first time hearing about it,” he said.
Mudarikwa declined to name Bona’s husband, according to NewsDay, telling a reporter: “You just wait for the wedding invitation cards which should be sent out before the end of the year.”
It has been claimed that Bona’s husband is a Zimbabwean national working as a pilot for Emirates airline.
At the ceremony, Bona’s new husband would have paid bride price and asked the First Family for a white wedding.
Early this year, Mugabe told SABC’s Dali Tambo that Bona was “very obedient” and “absolutely trustworthy”.
Mugabe said his preferred son-in-law had to be someone who should love his daughter through thick and thin.
He added: “. . . it must be a person of her own choice. My hope would be first, qualities of a good husband will live with her, because he loves her through thick and thin and not just look at her now as she still is that flower, attractive, blooming.
“She will have kids and quite a lot of what is now the real charm will disappear and the face will start having wrinkles. So he should not pit her at that time against up-and-coming younger ones, which is what most people do and as a result we get lots of divorces.”
In 2011, Bona graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Accountancy degree from the University of Chan Tai Ho Hall in Hong Kong.