Grace airs woes on rebel sons

Mu­gabe boys be­hav­ing badly

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - PETA THORNY­CROFT

ZIM­BABWE’S first lady Grace Mu­gabe has told rel­a­tives she is wor­ried about the be­hav­iour of her two sons – Robert jr, 25, and Chatunga, 21, who were re­cently evicted for bad be­hav­iour from the R70 000-a-month flat they rented in Sand­ton.

Mu­gabe was re­port­edly speak­ing at a joint birth­day she shared with her older sis­ter last week­end, ac­cord­ing to News­day, a pri­vately-owned Zim­babwe news­pa­per.

“I am telling you be­cause the be­hav­iour of chil­dren does not mat­ter if they are the pres­i­dent’s chil­dren or not. All chil­dren are mis­chievous these days,” she re­port­edly told guests at the party at a farm near Harare.

“I have seen par­ents wear­ing torn clothes be­cause their kids are de­mand­ing top-end trend­ing clothes. In schools and uni­ver­si­ties, chil­dren are com­pet­ing on fashion and they do not heed parental ad­vice,” she said.

“Nowa­days there are spir­its at­tack­ing our chil­dren. The spirit of drink­ing, drug abuse and do­ing other ab­nor­mal things way be­yond their age,” Grace said, in­di­cat­ing she could be on the verge of a break­down.

“If I am to say, ‘Women stand up to talk about your chil­dren,’ very few women can be brave enough to talk about that with­out break­ing down.”

The Mu­gabe sons have not de­nied they were kicked out from the Sand­ton apart­ment last month. They moved to South Africa this year af­ter their sud­den de­par­ture, al­legedly in con­nec­tion with sub­stance abuse, from Dubai where they had been liv­ing and study­ing.

A blurred short video is do­ing the so­cial me­dia rounds in Zim­babwe ex­ile cir­cles in South Africa and Lon­don, show­ing two young men dressed in the style of Robert jr and Chatunga. They are screech­ing with laugh­ter and look stoned out of their minds, bounc­ing on the top of ve­hi­cles in a car park.

Grace Mu­gabe’s old­est son Rus­sell, from her first mar­riage, has also made head­lines in Zim­babwe me­dia over his tur­bu­lent pri­vate and pro­fes­sional life.

The Mu­gabe sons could claim South African cit­i­zen­ship as their mother was born in Benoni. – For­eign Ser­vice

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