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Bona Mugabe’s lavish wedding

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and First Lady, Grace yesterday hosted a lavish wedding for their daughter, Bona at their Borrowdale Brooke mansion.

BY OUR STAFF

Bona tied the knot with her husband Simba Chikore, a pilot, in front of over 4 000 guests, among them three heads of state, family, friends and other dignitaries from all over southern Africa.

The well-choreographed and colourful event earned its place in the country’s history and it went without a glitch, judging by what The Standard observed on the ZBC live broadcast. The Standard was barred from covering the event.

Attended by several local and foreign dignitaries, among them South Africa President Jacob Zuma, Zambia’s Michael Sata and his wife Joyce and Equatorial Guinea Head of State Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the event was expected to last until early this morning.

The ceremony was officiated by Roman Catholic vicar-general Father Kennedy Muguti who impressed upon the young couple to be faithful to each other.

The vicar-general could not hide his admiration of the young man who braved the tight security in pursuit of the love of his life.
“You are very daring young man, to go through all the security,” he said, much to the amusement of the crowd.

A smiling Bona looked breathtaking in a hugging white gown which gently flared at the hem with a flowing train. She arrived at the venue accompanied by her proud parents President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe, who was also decked out in a fine ensemble of deep purple, in line with the colour theme.

Equally looking regal was the groom, Chikore whose fabulous ivory gold jacket sat well on his well-built shoulders. Looking serene and very composed, the groom walked down the aisle accompanied by his groomsmen who looked divine in their well cut suits.

His parents were also looking dashing, his father in a well cut suit and his mother in a shimmering outfit fit for a queen.

The venue was decorated in the loveliest shades of purple, ranging from lighter shades like lilac to deeper hues of violet. There were also warm red tones which gently blended with the scene.

The deputy minister of information Supa Mandiwanzira co- hosted the event with one Lorraine Mogoya.

The highlight however, was when the couple exchanged vows. After saying the traditional words which were drawn from a book, the two love birds took turns to show off their poetic prowess by reading out their own vows that they had written to each other.

Bona was almost in tears when Chikore poured out his heart in a description of his love for the First daughter.

With a clearly natural flair for the queen’s language, Chikore described how Bona’s big eyes had a huge effect on him and that she was the only one who had captured his heart.

“I will protect and love you always. I love you beyond my heart,” he said.

In return Bona did not disappoint either as she solemnly declared to match his love.

“I’m not an open book to many people, but with you I share my everything,” she said.

Meanwhile, security at the event was tight and most media houses were barred from attending the event at which cameras and use of cellphones was prohibited.

Police officers maintained a heavy presence at intersections along Borrowdale Road.

The Standard observed that new carriage markings had been made from the intersection of Josiah Tongogara and Seventh Street up to State House.

Along Crowhill Road, a convoy of top-of-the-range vehicles stretched from Phillip Chiyangwa’s abandoned hotel project up to Heritage School as guests waited patiently to leave their cars and get a seat aboard one of the many shuttle buses to the Blue Roof.

Police officers were also manning the car park ensuring that all cars found parking at the school.

Top-of-the-range vehicles that included Mercedes Benz, Range Rovers and Jaguars, among others, were some of the toys seen cruising towards Heritage School.

New Zupco buses were seen ferrying guests to the wedding venue.
On Friday, The Standard sought an explanation from the family on why the paper was barred from covering the event.

A spokesperson from the Chikore family who declined to give his first name said The Standard was not one of the newspapers that he was going to invite to cover the wedding.

“I am not accrediting you. I am accrediting only The Herald, the Sunday Mail and ZBC,” he said. “This is a private family event where two young people are getting married. It is not a public event, or a State function. The people involved are private individuals who are not politicians and we don’t want to attract unnecessary hype by inviting you to this private function”.

Asked why there seemed to be selective invitation of media houses, the spokesperson said he was not obliged to explain.

“I am sorry I cannot discuss anything more about this issue with you because that will not change my mind. I still will not accredit you,” he said.

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31 Responses to Bona Mugabe’s lavish wedding

  1. Benjamin March 2, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    We want the cost of the wedding tione kuti hw much of our money was used

    • nkuu March 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Benji,dont be weak minded,so you think you are the only person who has got money.marriages are from GOD and noone can go against God”s will.Respect other people’s succeses ,amen.

    • Nguni March 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      You naive or what? Every penny leached from the people, that parasite knows no other way..

    • Godfrey Sibanda March 5, 2014 at 1:01 am #

      Zvicha batsireyi kana wakaziwa . Mari yacho yakadyiwa kare yakapera uchaite yi?

  2. Dillon March 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    It was a bomb indeed,congrats bona n simba u made it…usatongwe simba ndapota

  3. Ndonya ndonya March 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Hw old is simba for godsake

  4. nda.nde.ndi.ndo.ndu March 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    hanzi he is 37 ! what has he been doing all these 37 years not married?

    • Mainin March 3, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      this is an educated, professional Pilot haana kungopedza form four to elope with the first girl he proposed love to.

  5. kulumani magiya March 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Makorokoto Bona and Simba,well done.God bless.

  6. Nguni March 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Lemme see: a 90 year old’s daughter should be somewhere between 60 and 70 years herself..
    Ok so he must be marrying off the great granddaughter.. Or he’s into kids..

    • viewfromthetowerbetweenthelakes March 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      vanhuwe. kunonoka kuita mwana iyeye akanga achikununura. kusaziva nekutenda zinokunda rufu. that comment can only come from an idiotic moron

    • Kay1972mendez@yahoo.co.uk March 3, 2014 at 2:23 am #

      Amen. Well done Bona lovely Dress. Come off it u do u not know Mugabe is in second marriage. Do something with ur life, he is trying for u not to be used as a second hand citizens in your land.

  7. Mhof March 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Well done Bona & Simba. Pese pane chakanaka hapashayi vane zvakaipa zvekutaura. Hee Simba ane makore mangani, hee pakashandiswa marii, whether you like it or not Bona is now married to Simba and there’s nothing anyone can do about that.

  8. sjn March 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    May God add blessings to your wedding. You have set an example for the people of Zimbabwe.

  9. Saido March 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    God bless you guys and your marriage be fruitful.

  10. Amace Moyo March 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    makorokoto Bona naSimba maziso enyu anoratidza monodanana. Varipo vavengi tinongokunda varipo (singing) Maita zvakanaka. Vakai imba yenyu pana Mwari.

  11. steel huts Pretoria March 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    makorokoto bona na chikoore magona

  12. mariah March 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Am happy for u Bona. Vangareva havo zvakawanda asi hatiraramuri vanhu asi Iye oga Jehova. U deserve to b happy. Wochengetana naye Simbayo zvakanaka. Iwe juss hear the word of God coz muri vaviri ndimi munozivana.

  13. sqamb March 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    benjamine nguni and nda .
    firstly benjamine i dont think u have ever paid i single penny in taxt and this is the first daughter did u want her to have her wedding at stodart hall in mbare lol , @ nda.nde.ndi.ndo.ndu u asking why he didnt get married early shows ur shallow mind and uneducatedness i think just after u failed ur form four ur last hurddle was to knock someones daughter up , coz u had nothhing else to do
    @nguni ur just jealous it wasnt u loliest

  14. tar surfaces March 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    makorokoto solo na mutsai kuchata paharare. Ngazvirambe zvakadaro

  15. Kay1972mendez@yahoo.co.uk March 3, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Makorokoto . ndimi degeneration muchatibatsira kuvaka nyika yedu. Good example .Ngatichivakai Zimbabwe yedu, Ndeyedu waoona vakawanda vanodawo kudzidza nekuchata zvamaita izi chimiraiwo nesi we r supporting u . think the whole nation WO pls my little sister encourage mama Zvishavane Mabasa need a good road, water, schools, hospital. U r young introduce charity to mama pls little sis, women r dying giving birth without hospitals imagine its happening in Zimbabwe. Ur voice is loud sis pls I am holding on u , u r an inspiration to our country u can do it sis.
    Love
    Your big Sis

  16. chikonas March 3, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Reports we have read on this girl, show that she deserves such a wedding from proud parents. Young women should aspire for such events in their lifetimes. Its unfortunate we have some people including tabloids who cannot appreciate a good thing, One may hate a parent, but what has the child done? Well done to Bona and Simba, may the Good Lord richly bless your new life.

  17. Siazinkwa 79 March 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Congratulations Bona and Simba and may The Lord God Almighty Bless your Marriage.

    Tulumba Leza.

  18. jaydee March 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Bona and Simba juss know that ALL IS WELL so juss keep it that way. Let every bad comment be BLESSING upon your marriage. Thanx Bona for setting a good example continue to inspire.

    JayD

  19. William Muwomba March 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Well done,I would wish the same for my daughter.

  20. Tinashe Jerahuni March 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Congrats Simba and Bona. Guys this is the wedding of tbe first family. Let’s not get bogged down in useless debate about where the money came from.

    For me to the my President and Role model Cde RG Mugabe and tbe first Lady I say congratulations on a successful event. May God bless you and your family.

    To Simba’s family I say congratulations as well. You a lucky young man and wish you well in your marriage.

    God bless you Simba abd Bona

    Regards

    Cde Tinashe Jerahuni

  21. ggg March 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    this was a preplaned love afair it was not a natural one. if this was a family event y was it brodcast live on abañdoned ‘national’ TV. Mgabe is a gréedy selfish leader the 1st quarter of 2014 has been fo Mgabe clan. Feb $1 million Bobs happy birthday bash & Mar $5 milion Bona wedding bels. tht explains y e civil servants didnt get e paltry increamnt. he doesnt care gives Bona $100,000. a life time salary of a teacher of abt 20 years in service. he is heartless kune vana vevamwe. ndosaka mwari akamutuka ne mwana ane down syndrome.

  22. Maneno Yawongo March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I think the whole event was well planned! Thumbs up! God bless the new couple!

  23. synco March 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    well done

  24. mze kovi March 6, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    thank you so much bona for making the president of our country so proud am also happy for you god bless

  25. gggg March 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Anyone even you woud do the same for your child,so whats the fuss.Makorokoto First family.

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