It was around his 88th birthday in February 2012 when President Mugabe revealed that his 17-year-old son Bellarmine Chatunga harbours presidential ambitions.
"Chatunga always says I want to be president and so on, but I say you must pass, you see, the President, your father, how many degrees does he hold? Can you do that?" said Mugabe who was encouraging his last born to work hard at school and do well.
In that same year, Chatunga was writing his O-Level exams, and unfortunately President Mugabe endured the embarrassment of being the first to report the news that his beloved son had failed dismally. As if that was not enough, Chatunga was allegedly expelled from the expensive St Georges College, which is just a few metres away from the State house, on allegations of being too mischievous.
If Chatunga is serious about being Zimbabwe's next president, he will have to fight a serious battle with Emmerson Mnangagwa's son, Emmerson Jnr, who yesterday officially declared his interest for the country's top job that has however been entitled to only one person for the past 34 years. Also interested in becoming Zimbabwe's next President in the newly appointed Vice President Mnangagwa himself, his 'faction enemy' and predecessor Joice Mujuru, President Mugabe's long-time competitor Morgan Tsvangirai among others.
Mnangagwa had a banquet in his rural home in Zvishavane over the weekend where he built a 24-roomed mansion, just a single room short to be as big as President Mugabe's 25-roomed mansion. Zvishavane's Matsure villagers had an early Christmas on Saturday when Mnangagwa slaughtered 5 beasts of cattle, several goats and countless chicken to feed multitudes of Zanu PF supporters – Strictly No Pro Mujuru supporters wanted – however.
Speaking at the same function, Mnangagwa's eldest son, Emmerson Jnr said he wanted to surpass his father's political achievements and was targeting the President's post.
"I have always been taught to do better than my parents, but the standards which you have set for us dad (Emmerson) and mom (politburo member Auxilia) are high, but attainable," he said.
Emmerson Jnr recently launched his own political career after being elected into the Midlands provincial Zanu PF youth league executive.