First lady Auxilia Mnangagwa has told individuals and organisations that wanted to get her gifts for her birthday and to show how much they appreciate her by running adverts in the country’s newspapers not to. Instead, she directed these entities to donate the money to charity instead. Under the tenure of former president Robert Mugabe, the president and the first lady’s birthday were huge spectacles where corporates took the opportunity to donate to the first family, allegedly as a way to curry favour.
Said the first lady,
I have noticed that there was an attempt without my consent to run supplements over my birthday in newspapers. I was neither consulted and am not part of it. My entire life, I have never aspired to such public displays and do not wish to start now.
We launched the Angel of Hope Foundation to inspire hope and ensure that we give underprivileged children a fighting chance. This is what my life’s passion is about and not praise-singing.
Those who have money to buy expensive newspaper space should not do so in my name. I challenge them to donate to charity and make a difference in someone’s life.
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Auxilia Mnangagwa is the wife of the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and therefore the First Lady of Zimbabwe. She is the former house of assembly member of Chirumhanzu Zibagwe, a seat she gave up after she became the first lady. In July 2019, an... Read More About Auxilia Mnangagwa
Angel of Hope Foundation is a Zimbabwean non-profit organisation founded by the First Lady of Zimbabwe Auxillia Mnangagwa. The foundation was launched on the 17th of February 2018 and is chaired by Mrs Chipo Mutasa. Read More About Angel of Hope Foundation