President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday once again expressed bitterness at the way his father abandoned him and his siblings to start a new family in Bulawayo.
Addressing delegates at the sixth national Women's League conference, Mugabe said all his life, he was known as Bona's (his mother) son as his father played no part in raising him.
"Baba vakaenda kuBulawayo kwainakidza, ndichigara nambuya, ndaitochera mvura kutsime nekuti vana Sabina vakanga varivadiki. (My father went to Bulawayo to have fun and I ended up being raised by my grandmother. I used to do daily kitchen chores because my sisters like Sabina were too young.)
"Ndakakura ndichinzi mwana waBona asi zita rangu riri Robert Mugabe (I grew up being referred to as just Bona's child but still maintained the name Robert Mugabe," he said.
Mugabe bemoaned growing up in a divided family, saying different relatives raised his siblings separately.
It is not the first time Mugabe shared his bitter past. He did the same at the burial of his sister, Bridgette in January.
Mugabe said his father left the family in 1934 after the death of his eldest brother Michael and never communicated. He went on to start a new family in Bulawayo; a city the Zanu PF leader said was famous for fast life and beautiful women.
In earlier revelations, Zanu PF's first secretary said he wrote a letter to his father expressing his unhappiness about how he had abandoned them. The first day of the women's conference was dominated by top Zanu PF officials indirectly taunting each other as factionalism continues to rock the party.
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