The Sunday News
Walter Mswazie in Chatsworth, Gutu
FIRST Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has expressed her commitment towards empowering women across the country through conscientising them on issues around inheritance laws, cervix and breast cancer.
Addressing thousands of Apostolic Faith Mission congregates gathered for Royal Queens conference at the church headquarters at Rufaro, Chatsworth in Gutu amid a rousing welcome yesterday Amai Mnangagwa who is also Health and Child Care Ambassador said all women in the country needed information on inheritance and health issues.
She brought with her, the Master of High Court, Mr Eldard Mutasa and a lawyer who took congregates through inheritance laws, unpacking what was expected of them to safeguard their estates, in the event of the death of their spouses.
Amai Mnangagwa was also handed kitchen utensils for the Cyclone Idai victims by AFM women led by church president’s wife Mrs Chiyangwa. On Friday, while in Masvingo for the belated International Day of Midwife, commemorations, Amai Mnangagwa received similar donations from Zion Christian Church (ZCC) women.
“We thank, Reverend Cossam Chiyangwa and Amai Chiyangwa for shepherding such a big flock. May God bless you and your congregants. I received a letter from AFM women asking me to come to this, Royal Queens Conference to educate them on inheritance issues. However, we are not saying husbands should die,” she said.
She commended men in church for allowing their spouses to be taken through inheritance issues saying this was meant to empower them.
“I have brought a big team of experts who will take you through important matters to do with inheritance. I am not an expert in such issues and I do not want to feed you with inaccurate information. We have the Master of Higher Court, personnel from the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs as well as State lawyers who offer services for free. I implore you to listen attentively and ask questions where you feel you need to understand.
“In your letter you also mentioned cervical and breast cancer. The idea to move around educating women and having them screened started with me. Above that, I have come with Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni who will assist you with empowerment projects. I implore Amai Chiyangwa to help in ensuring that the projects do not die.”
Speaking earlier Masvingo Minister of State for provincial affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira hailed the First Lady for her charity work.
“We are also humbled as a province that this is your third special successive visit in a space of 14 days where you met victims of Cyclone Idai here in Gutu and just yesterday you officiated at the International Day of Midwife at Masvingo Provincial Hospital. First Lady, Amai your social responsibility footprint to communities is enormous and appreciated. Through the Angel of hope you are indeed complementing Government’s desire under the leadership of His Excellency, the President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa of attaining a prosperous and upper middle income by 2030,” said Minister Chadzamira.
Speaking at the same occasion Minister Nyoni described Amai Mnangagwa as a philanthropist par excellence, a down to earth woman whose motherly love is an envy of many.