The award winning Sunday Times has exclusively revealed the inside scoop about the divorce proceedings of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona Mugabe.
Simbarashe Chikore, 46, the estranged husband of former president Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, 32 spoke to the Sunday Times.
Bona blames his “activities outside marriage” for the end of the relationship, which she says cannot be saved. She wants maintenance of $2,700 a month for their children.
In his responding papers, Chikore denies that the marriage is beyond repair and appears to take a swipe at her family, saying he and Mugabe could be reunited “through proper, genuine, holistic counselling and family support rather than family interference and personal agendas”.
He says nothing about her allegations of infidelity but insists he “never stopped loving my wife” and that the marriage had been “blissful”, even though they “experienced challenges like any young married couple”.
In court papers filed in their divorce case, Chikore says he and Mugabe amassed a fortune during their nine-year marriage. He lists a property portfolio including an $8m (about R154m) mansion in Dubai, 21 farms in Zimbabwe and 25 houses and stands worth millions of dollars.
On top of that are 16 luxury cars, cash in US dollars and UAE dirhams and masses of farm equipment and vehicles.
But Mugabe, who filed divorce papers in the Harare high court in March, accusing her airline pilot husband of cheating on her, says he is trying to tarnish her image in the divorce proceedings.
Speaking to the Sunday Times through her lawyer, Fungai Chimwamurombe, Mugabe said the couple did not own so many properties.
“She is not happy and obviously we are going to prepare the necessary documentation to prove to the world that those assets are not owned by Bona. Some of the land mentioned is actually on offer letters to other people and Bona has no interest whatsoever,” the lawyer said.
The couple were married in 2014 at the palatial Harare home of Bona’s parents Robert and Grace Mugabe, known as the Blue Roof mansion. The lavish wedding was broadcast live on state television and attended by several African heads of state, celebrities, diplomats and executives.
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