CIO raises questions over ‘unsuitable’ husband for Bona Mugabe

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via CIO raises questions over ‘unsuitable’ husband for Bona Mugabe | SW Radio Africa by Alex Bell on Monday, March 3, 2014

As Zimbabweans continue to discuss the lavish wedding of Bona Mugabe over the weekend, it has emerged that the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) raised questions about her new husband.

Not much is known about 37 year old Simba Chikore, except that his mother is known as a “reverend” in a church group called the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa. It was also, until recently, claimed that he was a pilot.

But speculation has been rife since media reports were released that discredited the claims of his pilot status. Other reports also quoted a CIO official as branding Robert Mugabe’s new son-in-law as ‘unsuitable’ for the First Daughter.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Chikore does not work for either Emirates or Qatar Airways as widely reported. The paper stated that people in the aviation industry in Southern Africa have never heard of him.

Another report, this time by, quoted a junior CIO officer as saying that Chikore was a ‘playboy’ ill-suited to be Bona’s husband. The officer reportedly said Grace Mugabe’s “determination for the marriage to go ahead and her disdain for the country’s spy agency had prevented proper vetting of the First Son-in-Law.”

The unnamed CIO official was quoted as saying: “He (Chikore) is a workout addict and also much into bike riding. He is known for womanising from his high school days and recently involved in a spate of affairs which were glossed over by the (CIO) team that prepared the final report. This man was deemed too old for the first daughter and too tainted to be involved with her.”

The multi-million dollar ceremony lasted 18 hours and saw 4, 000 quests flying in from across Africa, including high level dignitaries and other friends of the Mugabe regime. This included Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Michael Sata of Zambia and Joseph Kabila of the DRC, whose daughter was allegedly Bona’s maid of honour.

Kabila and Nguema’s links to the Mugabe regime are already well known, and both leaders financially supported ZANU PF’s election campaign last year.

Also displaying his allegiance to the Mugabes was Arthur Mutambara, the former Deputy Prime Minister long accused of being a ZANU PF crony. He attended along with ZANU PF officials like Joice Mujuru. MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai was not invited.

The presence meanwhile of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has riled many observers, after Zuma snubbed a memorial service being held to honour the late Nelson Mandela in London claiming to be too busy. He did however find time to be a guest at the Mugabe wedding.

Political commentator Clifford Mashiri said Zuma’s presence confirmed fears that he was not the neutral mediator Zimbabwe’s political crisis needed, during the tenure of the unity government.

“This confirms our fears that we had while he was mediating that he was not objective and that he was pro ZANU PF,” Mashiri told SW Radio Africa.

Mashiri went on to criticise the lack of indigenous business used for the wedding, with organisers from South Africa and caterers from Singapore called in for the event. Mugabe and his ZANU PF party have used ‘indigenisation’ as its main economic recovery theme, but Mashiri said the wedding has proven Mugabe to be a “hypocrite.”

“It is sad and says everything about the rhetoric of indigenisation. It is not about empowerment, but about ownership of shares by select people. Clearly Mugabe doesn’t trust Zimbabweans,” Mashiri said.


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    Observer 4 years

    Moyo muti…………unomera paunoda.

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    moyokumusha 4 years

    Whatever, he is one brave dude.

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      easily fooled 4 years

      Brave dude indeed. Dai bona ariye akaroorwa nachamatama. The circus and drama could have stated seasons ago. Hanzi ndi womaniser satezvara! Lol

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    Tjingababili 4 years


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    farai 4 years

    Dr Mashiri, reduced to commenting about private weddings? Oh free education, oh extra tuition what monster have you created here?

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      Ruramai 4 years

      Farai, what is your point? You do not talk about a private wedding when you are talking about a president of any nation because even the car he and his wife arrived in was bought by the Zimbabwean tax payer. The security and a lot of other things were paid for by you and me, assuming you are as ordinary as most of us who pay taxes.

      What Mashiri commented on is quite relevant – how do you have a president who took farms and is taking other businesses under the banner of indigenisation flying in even something as basic as catering stuff from abroad? That is what you need to respond to because that is what Dr. Mashiri commented on.

      It is obvious that Mugabe is disdainful of his own people. The man will fly to the far east for a mere eye ailment leaving world renowned eye specialists at home. 34 years later no Zimbabwean is good enough to even cater for his daughter’s wedding. So, what did he achieve in 3 and half decades? Put simply, he is a HYPOCRITE who must harbour some kind of inferiority complex.

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    Tjingababili 4 years


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    ike 4 years

    This Chikore boy has put his life on the line. One wrong move, to the cemetery. He has the most miserable life. He’s under surveillance 24/7. Why say he is a pilot when he can be a farmer. We took back our land, what we need now are pig farmers. Please son in law make us proud and raise lots of pigs and cabbages!!

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    Phillip 4 years

    What do you expect from the daughter ,,their is no difference between her and mother .mother nearly 40 and father 90 so ,,zvavharana.draw .MaCIO no reverce chikore have eaten already so leave this won’t last.

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    Nyoni 4 years

    IS BOB A ZIMBABWEAN FIRST OF ALL? He acts just like Hitler who came from Austria and brought Germany down. Is he our nemesis? I hate to ponder the thought my Zimbabweans but beware.

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    Africanson 4 years

    Anyone is free to wed whoever at whatever the cost and free to invite anyone. This was not a gvt function where we expected everyone to be invited. Unless if there was abuse of public funds then it becomes a different story.

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    Charles Chamunorwa 4 years

    The mother ia married to an old man so as the daughter. Chikore can easily be Grace’s husband if we are to go by age although, he is younger than Grace.

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    Ndimwari vakaita izvi.

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    Mthwakazi 4 years

    What exactly is so special with Bona?

    The guy is too old, what nonsense is this? Her on mother is 40 years younger than the gukurahundi. So its in their genes, its in the family to marry grandfathers.

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    Zvichanaka 4 years

    A big LOL to all the comments….”chakapfukidza dzimba matenga”…..certainly not in this case…we were told that Bona is a virgin in the Sunday Mail…..but does anyone remember why James Maridadi was fired by Tsvangirayi?

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      Salom Johnphan 4 years

      What knows is your heart and brugwa rawopfeka tha kuti anga achiri

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    LoudSilence BlindingDarkness DzimbaDzemabgwe 4 years

    Of reconstructed virgins and proclaimed pilots; I have no comment but to watch as the worms unearth much more dirt with time.

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    Kuda kuziva kuti munhu adyei,apfekei dats the prob ziva zvako

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    baba chatunga matibili is a malawian .thats why he hate zimbabweans.he knows the zim medication is poor.he goes to usingapore at our expense.he knows zims are highly unemployed, instead he he tenders catering to foreigners and usingaporians.the zims did illegal mining and died as a result.the cause is his ruthlessness in investors and industrialists.he is the cause of our suffering.asijiki

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    mandela got treatment in SA