$1m road repair for Mugabe bride

Harare city officials have been ordered to spruce up roads linking Zimbabwe’s State House and President Robert Mugabe’s private home in Borrowdale Brooke in preparation for the wedding of Mugabe’s daughter, Bona.

Bona, 24, is to marry Simba Chikore on March 1, according to the family.

About 5000 guests – including heads of state – are expected to attend.

The urgent road upgradings are expected to cost the state about $1-million, local reports said.

It is understood that Harare officials have been told that the project be given priority over other roads in the city that are in far worse shape.

The Chikore family has paid Mugabe $35000 and given 15 cows as bride price for Bona.

It is not known if former prime minister and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be invited to the wedding.

In 2010, Tsvangirai invited Mugabe to the wedding of his daughter, Rumbidzai, but Mugabe did not attend

Bona obtained a master’s degree in banking and finance from Singapore’s Management and Development Institute last year. Simba works for airline Fly Emirates.

The wedding is expected to be attended by SADC leaders and diplomats.

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Local Government gave the council two weeks to finish the roadworks.

Reports in the local media say that about $1-million of ratepayers’ money is required for the job.

  • Mugabe is in Singapore for an eye operation ahead of his 90th birthday on Friday.

Government spokesman George Charamba said Mugabe left Harare on Monday and would be back in the country for his birthday celebrations on Saturday.

“This is a routine checkup, a routine cataract operation for his left eye. [The] date was set down more than a year ago,” Chiramba said.

The government has strenuously denied that Mugabe was being treated for prostate cancer. –Additional reporting by Reuters

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