ZIMBABWE: LAVISH SEND OFF FOR MUGABE
By: Winston Sibanda
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hosted a function in his private home for the first time as his daughter wedded.
It was glitz and glamour at the blue roof, a name which his mansion is known by. President Mugabe’s daughter, Bona Mugabe married Simba Chikore, who is a pilot. About four thousand guests graced the function which was set for 2pm they were seated 2 hours early. The reception pulled throughout the night.
One of the country’s top class schools, Heritage Primary was used for parking as no vehicles were allowed in the blue roof’s yard. Guests were fetched by buses from the school to the venue. Bona was walked down the aisle by both of her parents. First lady, Grace Mugabe showed great joy as she waved to the guest as they walked the aisle while the bride was smiling all the way. They were all neatly dressed up for the occasion, with Bona’s wedding gown trending in Zimbabwe.
The two were joined by the Vicar general of the Catholic Church, father Kennedy Muguti. According to the Zimbabwean mail, Simba described Bona as a God fearing woman while Bona acknowledged him saying he has made her stronger.
Congolese musician Koffi Olomide was one of the entertainers at the wedding, lined up with some of the local artists. One hundred fifty students from Bulawayo Polytechnic were catering for the event.
The first family hired top range vehicles from CMED to transport top delegates. Over the past two weeks the ministry of transport worked through day and night trying to upgrade the roads which were used by the party. Last week Simba had a lavish bachelor party at the Rainbow Towers, one of Zimbabwe’s best hotels. The party was graced by some of government top officials. The minister of tourism, Walter Muzembi was one of the guests.
This grand wedding was broadcasted on the country’s national television, ZBCTV for a few hours. The Herald newspaper was the only media accredited for the function. According to the presidential spokesperson, George Charamba the couple declined making the wedding a public affair. The wedding was a private function with strict security measures.