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Huge wedding planned for Mugabe's daughter

28 February 2014, 20:19

Harare - Robert Mugabe's only daughter will tie the knot on Saturday in a ceremony at the veteran Zimbabwean leader's private home to be attended by more than 4 000 guests.

Bona Mugabe, 24, will wed pilot Simba Chikore at her father's home in the plush suburb of Borrowdale in the capital Harare.

The wedding follows a traditional marriage last year after Chikore paid Mugabe $35 000 and 15 cattle as the bride price, in line with local custom.

The holding of two marriage ceremonies is common in Zimbabwe, and other African countries, with one a traditional ceremony and the other a Western-style wedding.

Bona is the eldest of Mugabe's three children with his second wife Grace.

Her wedding comes less than a week after Zimbabwe's veteran president marked his 90th year birthday on Sunday with a celebration at a stadium near the capital Harare.

Thousands turned out for the party, many of them school children bussed in for the occasion.

Mugabe's spokesperson confirmed the wedding but refused to comment, saying it was not a government event.

Amongst the 4 000 invited guests are regional leaders, senior government officials, as well as close relatives and friends.



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