‘Graceland’ will play host to lavish wedding of Mugabe’s daughter

2014-02-16 10:25

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Robert Mugabe’s luxurious mansion, nicknamed ­Graceland by many Zimbabweans, is reportedly ­undergoing a major face-lift before the wedding of his daughter, Bona.

Bona (24) will walk down the aisle in front of about 5?000 guests, among them leaders from the Southern African Development Community, on March 1.

She and Fly Emirates pilot Simba Chikore were ­married in a traditional ceremony last October after he paid US$35?000 (R380?000) and 15 cows in bride price for her hand.

Speaking on behalf of the Mugabes, family spokesperson Kaitano Mugabe told journalists March 1 was a “provisional date” which could change if logistics ­required it.

The wedding will be held at Mugabe’s private ­residence in Borrowdale Brooke.

Bona is Mugabe’s only daughter?–?he has three sons –?and holds a Master of Banking and Finance ­qualification from the Management Development ­Institute of Singapore.

In an interview with Dali Tambo on People of the South last year, Mugabe opened up about his daughter, calling her “obedient” and “absolutely trustworthy”.

She was named after his mother. Mugabe told Tambo that Bona wanted to be a chartered accountant.

Marrying into the Mugabe family is no walk in the park. Late last year, Grace Mugabe revealed that her daughter would marry as a virgin.

“I told my daughter ‘I am going to bring you up the traditional way. Do not ever let that boy touch your breasts or your body, you must have the honour to get married when you are still a virgin.’

“She has listened to me and I spoke to Simba and told him I want my daughter to get married when she is still a virgin and he respects that,” Grace Mugabe told a gathering in Zimbabwe last year.

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