President Robert Mugabe‘s only daughter Bona has just been named to the board of a new bank in her second high-profile appointment in a week, according to a report.
Twenty-seven-year-old Bona’s appointment to Zimbabwe’s unpopular Censorship Board earlier this week sparked outrage.
Now the Zimbabwe Independent says the president’s daughter has just been named as a board member of the new state-run Empower Bank. The claim could not be independently verified.
But many on social media see it as yet more evidence of Bona’s rise and rise – just as her 93-year-old father gets increasingly frail.
Masters in banking
Bona is in fact better qualified to sit on the board of a bank than on the board of a censorship body: she does at least have a Masters in banking and finance from Singapore. But there is no record of her having actually worked at a bank post-graduation.
Building a dynasty
With the Zimbabwe president still unwilling to name a successor despite his age, there’s increasing speculation the father-of-three may be trying to build a dynasty to ensure his family’s continued financial and political survival when he dies.
Analyst Derek Matyszak told an Institute for Security Studies seminar in Pretoria this week that First Lady Grace Mugabe had worries about her future and might be elevated to cabinet – a prediction that is not new in Zimbabwe.