Bona Mugabe's wedding 'to cost Harare residents over $1m'

Bona Mugabe's wedding 'to cost Harare residents over $1m'
Published: 2014 February 17 10:51:26 (24041 Views)
Harare City Council may have to fork out over US$ 1 million to resurface roads in preparation for the wedding of President Robert Mugabe's daughter, Bona on March 1, it has emerged.

Sources at Town House told The Standard that government last week allegedly issued a directive to council to immediately start resurfacing and repairing roads that will be used by the wedding party.

A senior Town House official said the Ministry of Local Government gave council a deadline of two weeks to complete the road works.

He said meetings had already been held to prepare for the project, with preliminary evaluations projecting that over US$1 million would be spent.

"The justification being given is that several important dignitaries, including foreign heads of state, will be coming, hence the need to present a good image of Harare," said the official.

"This is unfair on our part because council is broke and failing to repair even worse roads than those being talked about," said the official.

He said as Bona's wedding was most likely to resemble a State occasion, the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara), instead of council, should have provided funding for the road works.



The official said it was not yet clear what other expenses HCC would incur as a result of the city hosting the "wedding of the year".

Roads expected to be spruced up include, Chancellor Avenue where State House is located, Seventh Street, Borrowdale Road, Carrick Creagh and Crowhill which lead to Borrowdale Brooke.

The directive to resurface the roads comes amid reports that Mugabe's Borrowdale Brooke mansion is undergoing renovations and construction.

NewsDay reported that goods worth millions of dollars were ordered from South Africa to spruce up the 25-roomed mansion.

The mansion will most likely host the wedding of Bona to Simba Chikore, a pilot based in the Middle East.

Chikore last year completed traditional marriage formalities after paying lobola (bride price) which family sources put at US$35,000.

The wedding is reportedly expected to attract over 5 000 guests, among them several African leaders and top government officials from the region and elsewhere.



Source - Standard

Tags: Bona, Mugabe, wedding,
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Anonymous user 2014 March 02 09:33:06
suççesion race takes new twist. Simba nxt Zim president. wen he reach 40. in 3 yrs time. civil servants increamnt flops. this y + 21st Bash in mndera. al schls that participated in mndera recieved. chicken & upfu.
Anonymous user 2014 March 02 09:31:43
suççesion race takes new twist. Simba nxt Zim president. wen he reach 40. in 3 yrs time. civil servants increamnt flops. this y + 21st Bash in mndera. al schls that participated in mndera recieved. chicken & upfu.
Anonymous user 2014 February 17 13:42:03
waste of state resources, abanye abantu behlupheka nje, bona ba bhizi besenza amalungiselelo omtshado, just one day worth over a million
Anonymous user 2014 February 17 11:29:10
Ukudlalisimaali kuphela lokhu

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