Featured - October 5, 2020

Zimbabwe’s inspiring first lady

Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa (nee Kutyauripo) was born on 25 March 1963 as the second child in a family of five. She was brought up at a farm in Chiweshe where she attended her primary and secondary education. After completing a secretarial course at Silveira House, Chishawasha, in 1981 she worked for the Ministry of Manpower Development under the Late National Hero, Cde Edgar Tekere.

In 1997, Amai Mnangagwa began studying in the Environment and Tourism Department at the University of Zimbabwe. She left for Switzerland two years later, where she graduated in Hotel and Tourism Administration in 2001. A mistress not only in politics she became after her studies.

After spending over ten years at the Ministry of Manpower and Development, she was elected as a ZANU PF Member of Parliament in 2015, serving for the same constituency as her husband(Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa) after he became Vice President under Robert Mugabe.

She has served as a Zimbabwean politician and the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe since November 2017 as the wife of the President, His Excellency, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The ushering in of the Second Republic in November 2017, saw Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa become the First Lady of Zimbabwe, and immediately she did not waste any time just being idle. Instead, she started visiting health institutions across the country and usually disguising herself so that hospital staff did not immediately recognize her and such actions unravelled a lot of malpractices including ill treatment of patients particularly the elderly and the vulnerable in our society, the shortage of drugs and protective clothing, the issues to do with staff remuneration and how low staff morale affected the health delivery system.

On behalf of ZANU PF, she set up a number of women’s banks in Silobela, Zhombe, Kwekwe and Chirumanzi-Zibagwe in the Midlands Province in Zimbabwe. This shows that Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa is a strong advocate of women’s rights despite her political career.

She founded The Angel of Hope Foundation which she is using to further her philanthropic work.

On 30 May 2019, Madame Wang Wei met with Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa. Counsellor Wang said that she highly appreciates Amai Mnangagwa for her huge efforts and outstanding achievements in the field of charity.

Amai Mnangagwa has been crossing the country mainly to underdeveloped places, rural communities to pull them out of poverty by disseminating critical information on the growing of millet and sorghum.

The First Lady has also been all over the country conscientizing communities on how to combat the spread of corona virus. And she has often said that community involvement is the key in fighting against Covid-19, which has killed thousands of people worldwide and has seen a sharp increase in domestic violence among other challenges being currently faced.

She has been travelling the length and breadth of this country conscientizing people about chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV, TB, Antenatal care, labour and delivery, immunization services and many others.

She is also always preaching against the increase in sexual and gender based violence which has since spiked in the advent of Covid-19.

She has been conducting education and awareness campaigns that emphasises on practicing hand hygiene, social distancing, coughing on the elbow and the use of face masks and at the same time donating food for the elderly and under-previlaged distributing hand sanitizers and personal hygiene kits for vulnerable young girls and women who cannot afford to buy sanitary pads on a monthly basis.

Amai Mnangagwa is also Zimbabwe’s health ambassador.

In all her programmes against GBV, she has romped in traditional chiefs and religious leaders to help curb this problem.

Amai Mnangagwa has built houses for the elderly and orphans in various provinces of our country. The First Lady has taught Zimbabweans the importance of giving and that people should not wait for government to give them something, they can also start giving that little that they have. She is also preaching peace and love. And it is her humility that young girls and women should emulate. Zimbabwe’s First Lady is doing  a magnificent job and our country will be a shining beacon of harmony with such a loving and caring Mother of the Nation. BusinessMail salutes you.

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