. Zimbabwean newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxilia sit during the Inauguration ceremony at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, on November 24, 2017. Photo: AFP
As Zimbabwe celebrates its new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, many have already begun to draw comparison between the new first lady, Auxilia, and former President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace.
Mugabe is believed to have fired Mnangagwa as vice president to pave the way for his wife’s ascension to the Presidency.
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At his inauguration on Friday, Mnangagwa began his speech by acknowledging his wife of over 30 years, who had earlier embraced him warmly – much to the crowds delight – after he took his oath of office.
Auxilia is a politician and member of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZanuPF). She served as Member of Parliament, representing the same constituency her husband did before becoming Vice President.
Auxilia was seen by her husband’s side when he first addressed Zimbabweans upon his return from exile, just days before he was installed presidentof of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabweans have also warned Auxilia to steer clear of her husband’s office.