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An online news website, The Telescope, claims that Bona Nyepudzai Mugabe who is the apple of President Robert Mugabe's eye, is battling to fall pregnant, causing despondency inside family circles and excruciating concern to Mugabe and his wife Grace, who are reportedly itching for a grandchild.

Written by Mary-Kate Kahari

High level sources close to the Chikore family, where Bona is married to their son, Simba, who was initially thought to be a pilot at either Emirates or Qatar Airways, but has turned out to be a former helicopter pilot trainee with the Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ), say the situation obtaining on the ground is "so serious" because the Mugabes are failing to understand why Bona is failing to conceive, five months after delivering her to the Chikores.

According to local traditional beliefs, it is largely expected for a bride to fall pregnant immediately after the marriage festivity, especially if she was a virgin, since no man would have broken her hymen, thus making it easy to catch pregnancy after a few attempts during honeymoon, an Elder in the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (Zaoga), who opened up on the issue said last week.

Although Bona and Simba have long been back from their government paid honeymoon bankrolled by tourism minister, Walter Mzembi in the Seychelles, and keeping a low profile, Bona has not yet fallen pregnant, something which the State media could have been awash with, had she been lucky, said the Zaoga Elder.

It is also coming to light that the couple, whose marriage drew more than 4000 guests including African Heads of State, such as South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is allegedly having problems and could be headed for the rocks, because Bona was allegedly not a virgin, when she got married, contrary to boasts by the First Lady that she was one.

"Simba is very frustrated, after being lied to," said another Zaoga youth leader. "During their honeymoon, he realised that Bona was not a full woman, but there was no going back because you cannot easily walk away from a powerful family, like the one he has married into. When he fell in love with Bona to the point of deciding to marry her, Simba had to dump his long-time girlfriend, Emelda Mudzamiri, although everyone in church had concluded that they would tie the knot together."

Emelda is a gospel musician of note. Chikore has also previously been linked to other women, and was deemed unfit to marry Bona, by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), whose assessment report on the "playboy" was ignored by Grace.

Bona on the other hand was rumoured to have had a romantic affair, with the son of a leading musician in Zimbabwe and the African continent. The rising young musician died in a mysterious car accident, which devastated his father. Also the son of a prominent Tanzanian businessman, has also been reportedly linked to Bona during her university days.

Last year, Grace denied speculative media reports, that Bona had been raped in Singapore after a student party and had lost her virginity, while speaking openly about her daughter's marriage at a women's conference in Harare.

"Way back, I asked my daughter whether she had a boyfriend since she was growing up the same way I did, a shy person and reserved, and she said there was someone," said Grace.

"I called (Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa, ZAOGA, pastor) Mai Eunah Guti to ask about the boyfriend and her response was – "if that boy becomes your son-in-law, you will be delighted". I also spoke to Baba Ezekiel Guti, and he again echoed the same sentiments. They (Bona and Simba) developed a relationship and I told my daughter I am going to bring you up the traditional way. Do not ever let that boy touch your breast or your body you must have the honour to get married when you are still a virgin. She has listened to me and I spoke to Simba and I told him that I want my daughter to get married when she is still a virgin and he respects that. There were reports that my daughter was raped … nothing of that sort ever happened. She is a virgin," she said.

This publication also revealed in March, Bona had allegedly been press-ganged into marriage, against her will to appease her parents. The 24 year old, was rounded up to marry Chikore due to unperturbed pressure from her mother and the ZAOGA church.
Grace, was reported to have railroaded the marriage ceremony following concerns that Mugabe's health and age, might result in him failing to see Bona tie the knot, therefore she wanted to fulfill her husbands wish.
According to our early report, the newly weds had also come under severe pressure to make their first baby, as it was Mugabe and Grace dream to "hold and see their first grandchild" as a couple together and alive. Grace is already a grandmother, after her first born son Russell, to her first husband Stanely Gorereza recently became a father.

Bona has taken charge of Gushungo Dairy Estate in Mazowe, after reportedly being appointed an executive director by her mother, and is expected to take up her appointment before year end. Gushungo Dairy, runs the Alpha Omega Dairy brand, which produces a cross-section of dairy products such as fresh milk, ice cream, yoghurt, juices and mineral water. More details on this report, shall be unveiled.

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