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First lady sheds tears at rally

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday burst into tears in front of multitudes of Zanu PF supporters at a rally as her husband, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced her immediate stepping down as Chirumanzu-Zibabwe legislator.

By Stephen Chadenga

There was deafening silence as the people appeared shocked by the announcement and many looked sombre and downcast as the first lady struggled to stem flowing tears with party chairperson, Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri consoling her.

Mnangagwa said his wife was quitting her seat as MP for the constituency with immediate effect to concentrate on her role as first lady.

As it dawned on him that his announcement had unsettled the rally, Mnangagwa asked his wife and the people to calm down and not turn the rally into “a funeral”.

Mnangagwa told the rally held at Mvuma stadium that his wife preferred to concentrate on her role as mother of the whole nation and not just a particular constituency.

“She said she could not be Amai Mnangagwa for Chirumanzu-Zibagwe but that she should be the mother of the nation,” Mnangagwa said.

“So we agreed with Amai Mnangagwa that she should step down as MP here. She is stopping being MP from today (yesterday) onwards and she becomes the mother of the nation. She is now MP everywhere she goes.”

Mnangagwa said Zanu PF supporters should choose another candidate to replace the first lady.

He, however, assured people in the constituency that Auxillia had not abandoned them by the decision as she would come back to support projects she helped start in the constituency.

“She said she could not say it [stepping down] herself and asked me to say these words. We should not be saddened by this decision but we should be happy that she [first lady] has had added responsibilities on her shoulder,” Mnangagwa said.

Soon after the announcement, a group of women from the ruling party, wailed in front of the VIP podium with some throwing themselves on the ground.

The visibly emotional first lady told journalists on the sidelines of the rally that she was touched by the response from the women on her decision to resign as MP.

“I am really hurt seeing the women crying,” she said.

In a by election in March 2015, Auxillia retained the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe seat previously held by her husband who also stepped down after being appointed vice-president by former president Robert Mugabe.

Muchinguri-Kashiri said people were really shocked that the First Lady was stepping down and that Auxillia could also not hold back tears on seeing the reaction of her supporters.

“Women came from all over crying and throwing themselves down. Obviously, people didn’t want her to resign,” Muchinguri-Kashiri told The Standard last night.

“People were giving testimonies of many things that she did to the constituency. You could see that people were hurt and we ended up saying she must continue visiting them and keeping in touch with the group that she worked with. We said she must not abandon them,” Muchinguri said.

Since the elevation of her husband, Auxillia has embarked on a whirlwind tour visiting health institutions, meeting disadvantaged people, especially children, orphans and engaging in other philanthropic duties.

10 Responses to First lady sheds tears at rally

  1. Singa Pore February 11, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    politicians very cunning indeed.all this appears choreographed to me.This will obviously open an avenue for another member from thr first family to contest in this constituency.

    • Chen Chikezha February 11, 2018 at 9:40 am #

      Kkkkkkkkkkk good observation

    • japi richard February 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      That`s your problem you MDC`s

  2. kudzi February 11, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Great move from the First Lady….. Those women who were wailing are testimony of the good deeds she had done in the community…. Let not your hearts be troubled….. Wail and cry for the speedy recovery of our nation…Certainly God will intervene …WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

    • Chief Charumbira February 11, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      The Fist Lady has made the right decision to vacate her seat as she is now a mother for the whole nation. How would other MPs react to her when debating in Parliament if she had remained an MP? I am particularly impressed by her concern for the marginalised-she has been through the breath and length of Zimbabwe in less than two months, articulating the needs of the widows, orphans, the crippled, the unemployed, the single mothers, the victims of HIV and AIDS, and alleviating their plight through various donations.

  3. Prosper February 11, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Cunning ??????.Those are genuine sentiments and actions by those ladies.Anyway as a leader you cant please everyone .

    • Chan February 12, 2018 at 2:40 am #

      ”Mother of the whole nation” ???

  4. Mr Mahoka February 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    I do hope she will not be “catapulted” into some other position in the women’s league.

  5. Shingirirai Tandire February 12, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    waaauuu i do appriciate the decision of my PRESIDENT for stopping his better half our first mother from beeing a mother of one constutuency to a somebody as she has been given duties to look after the whole nation . She deserves to have that responsibility as you all perceived the tears of many , so I wish her to perfom her level best to the whole nation, finaly thats a promotion indeed, and i sallute my President for such announced decision on front of people without firstly gave a tip to his wife, so it means he is a men of bold dicisions nomatter who youre, he dont have an fear, again the whole nation and his family is in his sholders. our first mother dont shed tears as you see the duties and resiponsibilities that you have to impliment as you did in that constituency. if you see people crying after the like downfall it means youre a pillar and a figure to them.

  6. Blessed Saunyama February 15, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    We love Yu our Mother, may the good Lord continue to bless and Support you.
    We have Yu in our prayers

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