via Bob gives daughter $100k, 55 cows 02/03/2014 NewZimbabwe
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe gave his daughter, Bona, US$100,000 and a 55 herd of cattle at her lavish wedding to Simba Chikore in Harare on Saturday.
The presidents of South Africa, Zambia and Equatorial Guinea attended the event along with a handful of former leaders, among them Jerry Rawlings of Ghana.
Various artists including South Africa’s Zahara and the Soweto String Quartet, Koffi Olomide from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and local stars Jah Prayzah and Sulumani Chimbetu provided the entertainment.
Private media organisations were barred from the event which was partially televised on national television although even the ZBC took care not to show images of Mugabe’s palatial home which is said to have cost more than $10 million to build.
Reflecting Mugabe’s sensitivity over his home, the veteran leader’s spokesman George Charamba said: “The venue of the wedding is a peculiar one. It is not a public place.
“It is actually within the grounds of the home of the First Family and this is a home which is distinct from the official residence of the President.
“You might recall that the land on which that home stands was bought by the party, Zanu PF, for their leader. Not a single cent came from the State.”
“Secondly, the structures which have become the private home of the First Family were painstakingly put up through a combination of private savings and donations from well-wishers.
“That makes the place not just a house for now, but a home for all times for the Mugabes, in and out of office. That immediately raises security concerns not just in the present, but for all times.
Some of the top gifts:
- An unnamed local mining company gave the couple $100,000
- Businessman Ihmad Ahmed – US$50 000
- Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his wife – US$35,000.
- Gabriel Mugabe (son of President Mugabe’s brother) – US$25 000 and 10 herd of cattle
- Public Service Minister Nicholas Goche, US$2,000
- ZRP chief, Augustine Chihuri – US$10,000