Thupeyo Muleya in Gwanda
OUTGOING Zanu-PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri has described First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe as an energetic leader who does not skirt around issues.
Cde Muchinguri made the remarks while introducing Amai Mugabe during her sixth “Meet the People” tour at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda yesterday.
She said the First Lady was a role model for women and she led by example in addressing women’s empowerment.
“Our First Lady is a supersonic leader who doesn’t beat about the bush and does not waste time,” said Cde Muchinguri. ‘‘She is full of life and always comes out clean in addressing issues.
“We are here today so that you get to know her better. In most cases when she comes with the President Mugabe, he takes centre stage.
“Amai Mugabe, who is our mother figure, is here to thank you for voting well as a province in the last election.”
Cde Muchinguri said Amai Mugabe is on a countrywide tour to thank women for elevating her to the post of the Women’s League Secretary.
She said the First Lady was not selfish as she always puts people first in all developmental programmes.
Cde Muchinguri said it was important for the society to recognise the role played by women in both the family institution and in economic development.
“Women are the backbone of every household and hence we need to support our husbands in nation building,” she said.
Speaking during the same gathering, zanu-pf Women’s League Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Cde Alice Dube, said they were fully behind Amai Mugabe’s elevation to lead the party wing.
She urged Government to consider availing land to women whom she said were disadvantaged in the first phase.
“We need more land as women so that we can venture into more income generating projects,” she said.
“In this province, there are a lot of opportunities in mining and cattle ranching and we are saying as women we need more support so that we can participate effectively in rebuilding the economy.”