Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe Saturday shocked many when she told a church meeting that her 24-year-old daughter was a virgin and had never been raped as claimed in media reports.
She termed as “mischievous” the coverage a few years ago claiming that Bona Mugabe was raped while studying in Hong Kong.
The First Family’s only daughter had a traditional marriage with a local pilot in August.
“That is (rape allegations) utter rubbish, it never happened and to those detractors shame on you for dragging an innocent girl into all this,” Mrs Mugabe said.
“It is not fair that politics should go this far, my daughter is obedient.”
The First Lady said she had sat down her son-in-law, emphasising to him the need to remain a virgin until marriage.
“I summoned Sam [Chikore, Bona’s husband] ) and told him in person that it was my wish as Bona’s mother that she remains a virgin until her wedding day,” Mrs Mugabe said.
She said she had also strongly advised Bona to remain a virgin in honour of her future husband.
“I was not shy to tell her that she was not supposed to allow any man to touch her body in an inappropriate way,” Mrs Mugabe said. “I am happy she complied.”
She also took a swipe at people who watch the ‘Big Brother Africa’ reality television show saying it had corrupted people’s morals.
“Why do people watch such nonsense, how does it benefit us as a nation?” Mrs Mugabe asked.
Wrinkles and divorces
Ironically, her own husband President Robert Mugabe, in 2011, presented Zimbabwean Munyaradzi Chidzonga with $300,000 after he came second in the competition.
The veteran ruler also feted 2012 Big Brother co-winner Wendall Parson and another Zimbabwe representative Vimbia Mutinhiri at State House.
President Mugabe has spoken glowingly about his daughter and openly gave advice to his son-in-law when the affair became pubic in August.
“It must be a person of her own choice. My hope would be first, qualities of a good husband will live with her, because he loves her through thick and thin and not just look at her now as she still is that flower, attractive, blooming,” he said in an interview with SABC early this year.
“She will have kids and quite a lot of what is now the real charm will disappear and the face will start having wrinkles.
“So he should not pity her at that time against up-and-coming younger ones, which is what most people do and as a result we get lots of divorces.”
Bona graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree in Accountacy at a Hong Kong university in 2011.
Her father had visited her there several times.