President Mugabe yesterday urged people to be morally upright, saying he felt pity for MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai who is always in the news for flirtations with various women.

Addressing mourners gathered at the National Heroes Acre for the burial of national hero Major-General Eliah Bandama who died in Harare last Friday, President Mugabe urged people to be upright and present high levels of good morals as exemplified by Major-Gen Bandama.

Mr Tsvangirai hooked up with different women after the death of his wife Susan in 2008, taking them to expensive resorts around the world, including marrying and divorcing in 12 days.

Among his paramours were Ms Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo whom he paid a staggering US$300 000 to end their customary union, then 21-year-old Loreta Nyathi with whom he fathered a son and South African Nosipho Shulubane whom he promised a marriage that never materialised before dumping her via a text message.

Mr Tsvangirai later settled for Ms Elizabeth Macheka who once threatened to walk out on him claiming that he had a serious health issue.

In apparent reference to Mr Tsvangirai, President Mugabe said he felt pity for his "friend" who was now being haunted by his dirty love life. He said his "friend" was always in the media for wrong reasons, especially on issues involving women.

The President drew laughter from mourners when he said: "Watora uyu musikana wasiya, woenda pane uyo, woenda pane uyo. You have not taught yourself discipline. Havapere vakanaka, vazhinji, ukangotarisa vese vese. Just settle on one and that's it. So, have some discipline Aaah ndange ndotaura so, uyu ndiye anongonyorwa mumapepa bhururu wangu. Vamwe tave kutomunzwirawo tsitsi kuti aiwa zvanyanya."

President Mugabe said there was nothing wrong if one opted for a polygamous union as long as it was done openly, but warned that such marriages were difficult to manage.

"You want polygamy? Kana uchida vetsika wazvipira kuti haa ini ndinobva kune vetsika, baba vangu vaive nevadzimai vatatu saka ndinoda kutevera baba vangu, barika, woita barika rakanaka. Asi woziva kuti ipapo moto wauri kutanga. Havambofa vakanzwanana. One is enough because the one is a stranger to you, she does not think like you, you get married to her, you want her to think as you think, and she wants you to think as she thinks, so you get a compromise. You get to know each other and you get to reconcile to each other. Now, kana vari vaviri, vatatu unozvikwanisa iwe?" he said.
 
President Mugabe described Cde Bandama as a disciplined and unparalleled cadre who served the country with great passion and commitment. He said national hero status was conferred only on people who distinguished themselves in life and made selfless sacrifices to liberate the country.

Major General Bandama died soon after his promotion to the new rank of Major General. He is survived by wife Florence, four children and a grandchild.

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