New Zimbabwe (London)

8 December 2013

Zimbabwe: Mugabes Give Gono Daughter U.S $10 000 Wedding Gift

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has again taken a swipe at men, including members of his cabinet, who have extra-marital affairs popularly referred to as "small houses" and urged people to observe the sanctity of marriage.

Mugabe was speaking at the wedding of Praise Emily Gono and Tshalahika Malaba.

Praise is daughter of former Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono, while her newly married husband is son to former Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Malaba.

The First Family blessed the newlyweds with a dining room suite, a dinning set and US$6,000 while Bona Mugabe and her siblings gave a gift of US$4,000. Gono gave the couple a house in Borrowdale Brooke.

Mugabe said those who are in marriage should be faithful to their spouses and be wary of negative influences from friends and relatives that may want to tear their union apart.

"We hear of small houses, sometimes I tease my Ministers saying some of you have small houses. If only we knew, those small houses perhaps we would go and destroy them. That should not be allowed.

"What do you want a small house for, what happened to your big house ... you are married to one person and one person alone and if you had wanted you would not enter this type of union but have tried a traditional wedding," said Mugabe.

Mugabe urged the new couple to be independent and work for their sustenance as they have shown maturity by starting their own home.

Gono, chronicled his daughter's upbringing urging her marital bliss with her husband, while the father of the groom, said he never doubted that the two would get married as they have been friends for 11 years.

The wedding was also attended by top Zanu PF officials, including national chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo, secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and captains of industry. Advertisement

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