Mugabe under fire for Japan trip

The Zimbabwean president took his 24-year-old daughter, Bona, on an official visit to Japan.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's Information Minister Jonathan Moyo defended President Robert Mugabe for taking his daughter on an official trip to Japan.

The minister said the president was paying a courtesy call to officials.

Television footage of 24-year-old Bona Mugabe apparently attending high-level talks with her father sparked outrage in Zimbabwe.

Moyo, in a tweet, said Bona was part of the First Family.

He said no eyebrows were raised when Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the former United States President Bill Clinton, went with him on similar foreign trips.

The footage has sparked a lot of discussion in Zimbabwe.

Some online commentators joked that it must have been 'bring your daughter to work day".

But others said it was important to know what kind of meeting Bona was attending and in what capacity.