First Lady Has Moved Stones | Mavaza
3 March 2024
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By Dr Masimba Mavaza | In a recent development, Dr. Auxilia Mnangagwa, the First Lady of Zimbabwe, has been subjected to criticism by certain journalists, particularly Ruvimbo Muchenje of the News Hawks, for her active involvement in humanitarian endeavors. This surprising backlash comes amidst the unexpected removal of ZANU PF spokesman Christopher Mutsvangwa from his ministerial position, signaling a period of significant change and scrutiny within Zimbabwe’s political and media landscape.

Muchenje, in her scathing commentary, chose to denigrate Dr. Mnangagwa’s efforts while commendably praising regional First Ladies, raising questions about her impartiality and agenda. However, it is essential to recognize and understand the pivotal role of the First Lady, which transcends mere ceremonial duties.

Contrary to misconceptions, the position of First Lady carries no official duties or personal remuneration. Nonetheless, individuals holding this title often engage in philanthropic and charitable work on behalf of the president, aligning with his policies and programs. Dr. Mnangagwa’s proactive approach to humanitarianism exemplifies this tradition, as she tirelessly champions causes aimed at uplifting vulnerable communities across Zimbabwe.

Through initiatives like the Angel of Hope Foundation, Dr. Mnangagwa has spearheaded efforts to address critical gaps in national development, particularly in underserved regions such as Kanyemba. Her advocacy has prompted government action, resulting in the provision of essential amenities and educational opportunities for marginalized communities.

Furthermore, Dr. Mnangagwa’s commitment to preserving Zimbabwean cultural and traditional values has earned her international recognition and accolades. Her efforts to instill pride and confidence in Zimbabwean youths, while combating societal challenges such as cancer and adolescent issues, underscore her multifaceted approach to nation-building.

Despite unwarranted criticism, Dr. Mnangagwa remains undeterred in her mission to serve the people of Zimbabwe. Her exemplary leadership and dedication to humanitarian causes serve as a beacon of hope for the nation, emphasizing the importance of empathy and compassion in governance.

As Dr. Mnangagwa continues to make strides in her philanthropic endeavors, it is imperative that her contributions be acknowledged and supported. Rather than vilify her efforts, Zimbabweans should rally behind their First Lady, recognizing her invaluable role in fostering positive change and unity within the nation.