Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s last born son, Bellarmine Chatunga, has fallen seriously sick, with the First Family apparently spending a sleepless night on Wednesday seeking medical attention for the gregarious 19-year-old.
The increasingly frail nonagenarian revealed this himself yesterday while he was officiating at a graduation parade of 615 officers at Morris Depot in Harare, where he arrived late because of Chatunga’s illness.
“I am sorry we started late. We didn’t have a good night at home. Our boy Bellarmine became ill at night and we had to rush about to see how we could handle his stomach ache.
“The boys eat… I don’t know what they eat. That’s why we could not make it on time. I’m sorry,” Mugabe said.
Last year, the 92-year-old, who is secretive about his own health, castigated his sons in public for loving restaurant food too much.
“The constant retreats to restaurants, refusing to eat at home should stop now,” he said then.
Speaking at a rally in Chiweshe, Mashonaland East, last year First Lady Grace Mugabe alleged that Chatunga had been marked for death by Zanu-PF members working to stampede Mugabe out of power.
She said the Zanu-PF bigwigs had allegedly roped in members of the military in this dastardly scheme, in their desperate bid to induce fear in Mugabe so that he would quit power.
“Imagine, it has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine. Is it fair to expect me to smile at you? Aren’t you ashamed? Killing other people’s children when you’ve yours, all 20 000 of them? Mugabe only has the three.
“Spare us these pretences of loving the president. I can read through your lies and I know you’re lying,” she told her stunned audience.
Meanwhile, Mugabe advised the new police recruits yesterday to be on the alert for emerging crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering and terrorism.
“Without unnecessarily scaring them, graduands should be advised right on their day of graduation that a career in the police is not a bed of roses. I am sure that most of the senior police officers here will testify to that. We now live in a social environment which has ushered in novel and sophisticated crimes.
“Human trafficking, money laundering, terrorism are among the many other new crimes which a few years back were almost unknown to us. But today’s criminal syndicates are better organised, more prevalent, sophisticated and daring,” he said.
“Allow me to make special mention of female graduands who in this intake are almost equal in number to their counterparts. It is a joy that they will be grappling alongside their male colleagues in maintaining law and order in our country. Let’s keep up this gender equality. Let’s never forget the girl child is equal to the boy child,” he added.
- Nehanda Radio