The MDC has condemned First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa over her alleged interference with government operations, following her visit to the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) and reports that she threatened telecoms companies over data tariff hikes.
In an interview with Newsday, MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume suggested that Mnangagwa is actually worse than former First Lady Grace Mugabe and that it will not end well. Said Mafume:
Grace Mugabe was known for being a political actor and never at all did she go to a State institution and harass professionals like what we are seeing today. This is very dangerous, and definitely, it will not end well.
It shows that Mnangagwa is just like Mugabe in his last days. He is failing to control his wife. What role does she have on professionals at NatPharm? This is telling, indeed.
In fact, she has no authority whatsoever to be harassing those professionals. That is the job of the board which reports to the minister.
In a normal society, the minister does not interact with management, he interacts with the board. What Auxillia is doing shows that these Zanu PF leaders have failed to provide leadership.
The Minister of Health and other senior government officials should be ashamed of what is happening.
A Zimbabwean economic researcher based in the United Kingdom, Brighton Musonza said:
Her presence on the political scene brings back the trauma we suffered at the hands of Grace Mugabe. She is interfering with public policy and overcrowding the space meant for bureaucrats.
I am not sure in what capacity does she tell her audience that she will personally confront telecommunications companies personally.
Her threats to confront telecommunications operators will sway away potential investors, particularly those looking to buy TelOne and NetOne.
She must restrict herself to charity work and some low level philanthropically events.