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Sunday, 16 February 2014

$1M HARARE SPRUCE UP FOR BONA WEDDING

Harare City Council may have to fork out over US$ 1 million to resurface roads in preparation for the wedding of President Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona on March 1, it has emerged. 

Sources at Town House told The Standard that government last week allegedly issued a directive to council to immediately start resurfacing and repairing roads that will be used by the wedding party.
The directive was allegedly given to town clerk, Tendai Mahachi who was recently saved by Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo after Mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni had suspended him for three months for refusing to provide the salary schedule for Town House executives.

Mahachi recently placed advertisements in the State media notifying people of the impending temporary closure of some roads, to pave way for the road works. A senior Town House official said the Ministry of Local Government gave council a deadline of two weeks to complete the road works.
He said meetings had already been held to prepare for the project, with preliminary evaluations projecting that over US$1 million would be spent.


“The justification being given is that several important dignitaries, including foreign heads of state, will be coming, hence the need to present a good image of Harare,” said the official. He said mobilising of personnel, plant and materials to be used for the project were at an advanced stage.
The official said expectations were that by Saturday [yesterday], everything would be in place, paving the way for road works to start.

Another Town House official said in order to meet the tight deadline, council employees would have to work at night and temporarily suspend other projects. Most roads in the city are riddled with potholes, some of which now resemble craters as council is failing to provide essential services due to cash constraints.


“This is unfair on our part because council is broke and failing to repair even worse roads than those being talked about,” said the official. He said as Bona’s wedding was most likely to resemble a State occasion, the Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara), instead of council, should have provided funding for the road works.

The official said it was not yet clear what other expenses HCC would incur as a result of the city hosting the “wedding of the year”. Roads expected to be spruced up include, Chancellor Avenue where State House is located, Seventh Street, Borrowdale Road, Carrick Creagh and Crowhill which lead to Borrowdale Brooke.

Chombo was not answering his phone since Friday while Manyenyeni yesterday expressed ignorance over the project. Mahachi referred questions to the city’s director of engineering, Phillip Pfukwa.
But Pfukwa requested questions in writing, promising to get back to The Standard by tomorrow.
The directive to resurface the roads comes amid reports that Mugabe’s Borrowdale Brooke mansion is undergoing renovations and construction. 

NewsDay, last week reported that goods worth millions of dollars were ordered from South Africa to spruce up the 25-roomed mansion. The mansion will most likely host the wedding of Bona to Simba Chikore, a pilot based in the Middle East. Chikore last year completed traditional marriage formalities after paying lobola which family sources put at US$35 000.

The wedding is reportedly expected to attract over 5 000 guests, among them several African leaders and top government officials from the region and elsewhere.

81 comments:

  1. How cruel can one be. there is no clean drinking water in harare yet they are spending money on unnecessary things? she will not enjoy her marriage , zimbabwe has cursed it .

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  2. Ko hama dzeku Malawi dzakakokwa here? It would make my day to see Matibili performing nyawo dance kana kuti kutamba chigure ne hama dzake ana achimwene. Father of the bride!

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  3. Rubbish..!!! The country has gone to the dogs shame on you Mugabe and your zanu pf.

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  4. Thanks for renovating Carrick Creagh toendawo kumba zvakanaka. I hope you will proceed with carickcreack kusvika ku mansion ya BONA iyo after borrowdale country club

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  5. Will all this be done in 2 weeks? The wedding is going to be on the 1st of march and they start planning now?

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  6. Kana zvichigadzira maroad handioni problem ini. The money could have been misused vachibhadharana mabonus anyway saka any development is most welcome.

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  7. Ihure samai vake

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  8. Jambanja paSalisburyFebruary 16, 2014

    Tinotenda Jehovha wemusoro kudenga....rova ngoma Mutavara!

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  9. MutengesimukuruFebruary 16, 2014

    Irimbwa yemunhu, ruvengo rwako rwevanhu veku Malawi rwunobvepi? At least veku Malawi vane culture, imi munei, dhodho remunhu

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  10. Muchaona kuti vashandi ivava havana mari yavachapiwa.kufondoka mahara.ashamisirei bona.kune vari in need of help.imbwa dzevanhu idzi.

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  11. Well , at least some road will be repaired. Its better than nothing, depsite the bad intentions

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  12. Gondoo GondooFebruary 16, 2014

    Sekuru tiri vana venyu tose uye tiri kuroorwa nekuroora mazuva ose,pliz can you re-tar and renew ALL roads in Zimbabwe.kwete kuita hwe gonzo kuruma apa ne apo nekuti mwana mumwe avakuchata

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  13. Time to say no to this bullshit

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  14. All I wanna say is they don't really care about us

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  15. Kama kusanyara kwacho yabvepi mari yelugadzira road whats Bona wedding got to do with paving maroads . The earlier we stand up and say no to this nonsense the better nyika haisi yaMugabe ega nxaaa zvinosvota mhoti

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  16. tyranny at its best.

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  17. Inga unofarira fani kutuka vamwe iwe. Ko kukumbira munhu kuti atambe gure dance kumutuka here. Hapana chakaipa kwete, ndoomatambiro e dzinza re kwake. Chakaipa kuti tucha tucha pa forum pano uchituka vamwe kuti imbwa kana kuti ddhodhi.

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  18. imi vediaspora munonetsa, isu varidzi venyika kuno tiri zii ko madii kuuya kumuchato tadya tikaguta tose. munonetsa imi

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  19. Let Mugabe and family enjoy while it last.Do you think he will live for an additional 10 years?Nadda ndaramba

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  20. MacharangwandaFebruary 16, 2014

    Asi uri muBwidi wekuMalawi? Wasvotwaka? Iwe ndiwe dhodhi, kaya kadhodhi kekupedzisira katikitiki kane nharo too much, kanoti ndoda kubudawo chete handisari.

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  21. Siyana neni ndakaguta kare.

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  22. Apa wataura,this money is in the bush already at least it is doing everyone a bit of goods pama roads the rest is rubbish

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  23. hiwe lopalaimbwa iwe ndiwe galu yakupedzesela maningi uli triberlist yamalecist manje. ulikufunga kuti ine munyasalandi hanisi muntu ndili chigule hee? pindula ndikunyise

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  24. Vanhu ava veDiaspora vanonetsa espscially veku UK. Whats's wrong with sprucing up the image yeHarare whatever the intentions are? Mukawana nguva mutikwanire!

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  25. Hapana kuguta apa. Kungopopotera chese chese inzara. A hungry man is an angry man! I am yet to c a positive comment from you.....

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  26. Nhai zvako vanongoshora sekunonzi road yacho ichabviswa panopera muchato. Akarega kugadzirwa maroad acho vochema mapothole futi ahhh munhu haumugone shuwa.

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  27. diblo dibalaFebruary 16, 2014

    Mbwa dzevanhu.

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  28. Anyone with half a brain will know kuti no one is guaranteed an extra 10 years in life - yourself included.

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  29. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Complete bullshit especially when there are certain roads to be serviced those to do with the wedding entourage are goin. No road in high density suburbs are not going to benefit whilst we are driving on potholes. Mugabe is a pompous old person I have ever heard of on this mother earth. Can't wait for God to make us rest by taking this kule to his resting place.

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  30. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Mwana wenyoka inyoka, mwana wehure I hure.

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  31. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Ko imi vanakapuracha munokokwawo here kana kuti handiti renyu nderekungonyora matuzvi iwawa mobhadharwa.

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  32. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Iwe ukatowana nguva ndiwe ukwane. Isu tinogara kumarokesheni newe futi hapana kana road yehuMabvuku kana Highfield, or Domboramwari irikugadzirwa because the wedding entourage is not gonna use those ways. So sprucing yako yauri kubwabwada nheyekudhunya. Ishoko risina dzoro rawataura.

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  33. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    100 hadzisviki but anywhere pane pavachatonga vari pawheelchair here?

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  34. Saka urikuda kuti vagadzire road yekumba kwako vachisiya CBD? Hanzi kuri kuuya mavisitors from other countries and the visitors havasi kuzouya kuMatapi Hostels kwauri kugara.

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  35. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Inga uri neighbour yangu kuMatapi kwatinogeza takaruma sipo.

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  36. You seem to be too much into opposition politics so much that your mind is so anti-Zimbabwe. Manje unofa uri rombe uchingoimba opposition anti-development rhetoric. Regera vagadzire maroads mhani kuti Harare iwonekere.

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  37. Kurashika pfungwa kwemunhu mukuru.

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  38. Why didn't you complain when the GNU used USD1.5m to renovate Tsvangirai's house?? Waakuti pwetere pwetere when the national roads are being improved......Harare haisiri yeZanu...it is the capital city of our country Zimbabwe, and it will remain so after Zanu, MDC or NDU.

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  39. Zanu hauyizive here? Chero kwangosara musoro uchitaura, unogadzikwa patable, wotaura, zwawunyana zvese zvakapfekerwa musaki. Ndiwoutsinye we Zanu

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  40. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Taura hako wangu.

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  41. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Ko kwedu nhy Bob kuMatapi next door neighbour wangu itawo kuti igadzirwe ka? I am not anti- Zimbabwe. I love my country very much but pana sabhuku vepano vatadza kutonga. Your Big Bob.

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  42. I suppose you voted for your Councillor kuMatapi ikoko.....so talk to him instead of complaining painternet. On a more serious note, I would like to encourage you to be a bit objective in your approach regarding issues of a political nature.

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  43. Resources should not be used selectively according to one's social standing within the society, especially if our taxes are used.

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  44. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Iwe get lost ukanzi bata munhu wekuMatapi wobata ini. That's where you were born. I am an adult you don't intimidate me ok? Who are you to tell me what to do? Am sick and tired of you telling me what to do with my life. I have my opinions and you don't force me to like your party. I don't like it and I will never like it intimidate me or not it won't change a thing.

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  45. If you were an adult you would kno the job description of Councillors in your area. If you were an adult you would kno that there is nothing wrong with improving the roads in CBD of your country's capital city. If you cannot stomach criticism, why do you comment on a public forum like this one? Conclusion: You are NOT an adult.

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  46. Hogwash, people are dying of hunger while others are stuck in the bush with nowhere to go and this nitwit is given such honour for a one day occasion to the tune of $1million? Wish there were some lovely mines to plant in the potholes.

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  47. You just missed the whole humour to the comment. The crap is on Matibili than Malawians in general.

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  48. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Iyaiyawo, iyaiyaiyo, iya, woo iyayawoiye yaa newaPhiri newakonda, ini newakonda newaPhiri newakonda, ini ndikanga mukaziwawo ndikangane ine.

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  49. Uri kuti road dzirege kugadzirwa here?

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  50. Remember these - your own words when you are forcing Rose to like your own Chematama........lol

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  51. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Sorry Rose have you have seen me writing about Chematama. You piss me off you people I have several times told you that I am independent. Please give over I don't know what Chematama did to you. It's none of my business ok.

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  52. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Kunyara itype dzinonyara here idzodzi especially joki iro rakaroorwa dai Sally achiri mupenyu tigere zvakanaka. Hanzi vanhu vakanaka havararami kunosara mhondi nevaroyi. Dai vakaroora havo Graca Machel zvaiita nani. Zvino gold digger iyi yatibvisa chiri kuface.

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  53. I take it you are saying this just for the sake of argument right? Surely you don't believe what you are writing.

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  54. heeee heeee dee huri ndimi makumuramba chematama uya.

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  55. Chakaipa pakugadzira road chii nhai? Iwe ndiwe uri kutonyora for the sake of starting an argument ufunge. Munoda kugara nema pothole here?

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  56. Ko Chombo ndiCouncillor wepi?

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  57. Saka mari iripo zvayo nhai.

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  58. Nyika yose irikuda maroad agadzirwe for Zimbabweans not kugadzira zviri selective because Bona arikuchata or mavisitor arikuuya. Zimbabwe is not made up of 2 or 3 roads. Why doesnt Chombo order the fixing of all roads in Harare since aratidza kuti he can do it?

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  59. Saka iwayo 2 or 3 uri kuti asa gadzirwa here?

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  60. Inga ndati HARARE yose maroad ngaagadzirwe. why those 2 or 3? And the reason why arikugadzirwa is whats peeving people off.

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  61. ChiredzisisterFebruary 16, 2014

    Mh****a imha****a chete. I just don wanna waste my time with you I have told you before that I don't want to reply you. You are such an idiot.

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  62. Iwe it is normal to prepare for the visitors mhani, even kumba kwako.At the end of the day it is the country called Zim and its citizens (yourself included) that will be rated .....not Chombo, Bona or her father alone.


    You also need to kno the interface between the ministry of Local Gvnt and the Local Gvnt itself.

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  63. Did you not read about the plans to improve all the major roads in Zimbabwe a month or so ago? Inga it was reported in all the mainframe media in and outside Zim.

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  64. Akabvisirwa one month salary yema boses eku hre city council.

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  65. Its things like this that make your own people even hate you more Bona uyu taiti haana mhosva but now it appears she is a better citizen than us. If Mugabe really cares about his people these are the excesses ge should stand up and say no to for the sake of protecting his own children from public anger. Yes road irikugadzirwa but criteria is completely wrong regai tione kwazvinozvisvika

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  66. This is how a one party dictatorship functions. The country is Matibili's fiefdom. Roads being spruced up for a daughter's wedding. When will this corruption, graft and sleeze end? Who is Bona in the Zim political equation? One day these Zanoids will have to answer for this open impunity. People are going hungry. Peop.e will be swept away by the Tokwe Mukosi floods. Mugabe has lost all shame.

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  67. Jambanja paSalisburyFebruary 17, 2014

    Opposition is not anti-Zim but anti-Zanu Pf unless Zim means Zanu Pf....kumwe kupusa kunoshamisa!

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  68. Jambanja paSalisburyFebruary 17, 2014

    Kugadzira road hakuna kuipa asi chirikugadzirirwa road chacho!

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  69. Jambanja paSalisburyFebruary 17, 2014

    This done soon after a Politiburo meeting where anti-corruption discussions were topical! So, do they walk the talk......not @ Zanu Pf!

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  70. maita zvakanaka yakambomanikidzirwa here?

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  71. Good Life LynusFebruary 17, 2014

    Chinoz, its not fair kuti Bona ihure sa Mai wake. Wakarara naye here. Ko mwana ndiye atadzei. Amai vake vakati imhandara wani.

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  72. Manyuchi Honest MlamboFebruary 17, 2014

    May be ari kugadzirwa acho haasiri iwo anofanirwa kugadzira,..... enda kumalocations uone zvandiri kutaura....saka hapana zvazvaita

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  73. Manyuchi Honest MlamboFebruary 17, 2014

    Mwana wenyoka chii? Mhebwe rudzi inozvara mwana ane......?

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  74. It is within their capacity to helicopterise everything and celebrate teh reception is Singapore or Hong Kong.With ZANU PF reminds me of tesco, 'every little helps!

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  75. Who told you that I did not raise my disgust at such extravagance? Were did you see me on this forum or any other for that matter writing in support of the building of mansions for any leader.
    The buck stops with Mugabe for a fish rots from the head he approved the building of that house, because he has an elitist mind. If things were done my way I would turn it into an orpahange for disabled children.


    Zvekuisa pavement patuma meters tweroad because Bona achafamba napo is pure garbage in books. Hatipemberere amai vanobvisa mwanawavo madzihwa nedyira rekusukisa mandiro.

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  76. Mwana wamambo.

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  77. I am sorry to tell you that the you have an imaginary kind of world where everything is pure, perfect and for the benefit of the povo. Even kuChurch you will find disparities in terms of what the Pastor and Amai Mufundisi enjoy vis-avis the members. I don't kno when and where you will get a government where a leader does not enjoy the benefits that come with the position, the functions and the risks. That is why we speak of risks and rewards! The disparities are also experienced at work places etc.

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  78. ChiredzisisterFebruary 17, 2014

    Saka vanhu vese vanotaurawo kuti Grace ihure vakarara naye? Do you have to sleep with a bitch to prove she is a bitch? What do you expect a mother to say regarding her daughter. Mwana wehure ihure.

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  79. sounds like a great wedding!

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  80. saka uyu wavanoti Mahachi atoramba aripo zveje.... hanty zanu imbavha dzose.....

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