Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
ZANU-PF Central Committee member Cde Auxilia Mnangagwa, has described her husband Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as a humble and kind man who is not power hungry at all. She said Cde Mnangagwa, who is the revolutionary party’s secretary for Legal Affairs, was the opposite of the “cruel” man portrayed by the media.
Speaking at a party function in Kwekwe on Saturday, Amai Mnangagwa said there had been a mistaken belief that her husband was power hungry, cruel and ruthless which was naturalised by some sections of the media which wanted to pull him down.
She said her husband was a manof his word, humble, respectful, caring and consistent.
“We have heard rumours that Cde Mnangagwa is cruel and power hungry. A lot of bad things have been said about him. Let me tell you who this man really is. Cde Mnangagwa is a humble and kind man. He is respectful of everyone regardless of gender. He is a God fearing man,” Amai Mnangagwa said.
“The First Lady Cde Mugabe recently said in 2004 eight provinces voted for Cde Mnangagwa to fill in the post of Vice-President which was vacant. At the 11th hour he was asked to step down and pave way for the appointment of a female candidate and he agreed.
“You will all agree that under normal circumstances one would decline especially after eight provinces had voted for him.
“This shows that he is not power hungry and would never disrespect his superiors no matter what. Musaipisa murume uyu ndinoti pasi nevanoipisa vamwe mumusangano (Don’t tarnish my husband’s name).”
Amai Mnangagwa said all members of the party must learn from Cde Mnangagwa and be patient until their turn comes and avoid forcing matters.
“What I have learnt from my husband is that one needs to respect his or her superior. Kana mukuru akati mira unomiraoka kana ati zvakwana zvakwanaoka ngatisaita zvekumanikidzira. (We must follow and respect our leader’s wishes). We must not force things because by doing so you might be fighting nature.
You will never win such a war because God’s ways are not our ways,” she said.
Amai Mnangagwa said people must not be used by other people to divert from the right course.
“A true man stands for himself and does not rely on other people for protection or for any other reason. One must be a sovereign being. That way you earn respect,” she said.
Amai Mnangagwa said there were divisive elements within the party that needed to be weeded out before they spoil others.
“People who have their own interests must not tarnish Cde Mnangagwa’s image because they have selfish agendas. We respect our seniors but when they divert from the interests of the party, we will bring them down. No one owns Zanu-PF. VaMugabe vanoti musangano ndewe munhu wese (President Mugabe says the party belongs to the people),” she said.