via Mugabe pleads with wayward son Chatunga – Nehanda Radio Jul 28, 2015
HARARE – A seemingly exasperated President Robert Mugabe on Saturday pleaded with his errant and fun-loving last born, Bellarmine Chatunga, imploring him to grow up and take his studies seriously.
Speaking at his wife Grace’s lavish 50th birthday celebrations, that took place on Chatunga’s 18th birthday, the concerned nonagenarian — who spoke from the heart — said he feared that his son could be headed for disaster if he did not improve on his discipline.
It was also revealed at the jamboree, that went into the wee hours of Sunday, that the nonagenarian left it to his wife to discipline the children.
Mugabe told Chatunga to start acting maturely, and implored him to stop his frequent excursions outside the family home.
“I say congratulations to Bellarmine, Bellarmine Bellarmine, and I want to say in this environment perhaps it will give him more encouragement and greater sense of seriousness, that you are now a grown person, mature.”
“Not yet eligible to marry, but to certainly devote to your studies with greater seriousness, we want you to go through. You’re ‘‘A’’Level, let us not see you fail.
“The constant retreats to restaurants, refusing to eat at home should stop now,” Mugabe said.
As if to confirm his father’s fears, Chatunga gave the gathered guests at the bash a glimpse of his lack of maturity —while giving a speech at the party.
Rather thoughtlessly, the 18-year-old directed people to give him applause because he was “handsome”.
The problem child was expelled from a top Harare private school, St Georges College, in 2013 — over gross-indiscipline, prompting his parents to resort to home schooling.
During an interview that the First Family had with South African journalist Dali Tambo a few years ago, Grace also revealed that her son preferred spending time playing video games rather than studying.
In 2009, Chatunga reportedly flunked his Grade 7 examinations, managing to score 14 points in the exams at the prestigious Hartmann House — and ranking among the very few students who failed in his class.
While Mugabe was a high flier at school, earning several academic achievements in the process, only his daughter Bona appears to have taken after him. Daily News