Auxilia Mnangagwa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given up her job as a lawmaker.
Local media in Zimbabwe reported that Mrs. Mnangagwa who was representing Chirumanzu-Zibabwe constituency will now focus on her role as the country’s first lady.
President Mnangagwa made this public during a party rally with Zanu PF supporters reportedly in tears over the news.
Mnangagwa told the gathering that his wife “could not be Amai Mnangagwa for Chirumanzu-Zibagwe but that she should be the mother of the nation. So we agreed with Amai Mnangagwa that she should step down as MP here. She is stopping being MP from today (Saturday) onwards and she becomes the mother of the nation. She is now MP everywhere she goes”.
Mrs. Mnangagwa became an MP for the Chirumanzu-Zibabwe constituency after her husband – who previously had held it – was appointed as deputy president in 2015.
Zimbabwean law does not prevent First Lady from retaining her lawmaker seat.
President Mnangagwa became president last year after his former boss, Robert Mugabe resigned following a military takeover.