Shuvai Mahofa makes Politburo return


Minister of state for Masvingo Province, Shuvai Mahofa

Tendai Makaripe

MINISTER of state for Masvingo Province, Shuvai Mahofa, who has been out of the public glare for almost four months, made a surprise appearance at the ZANU-PF politburo meeting at the national headquarters in Harare on Wednesday afternoon.

The 74-year-old – dubbed iron lady of Masvingo province spent two months admitted in a South African hospital, missing all crucial party meetings before she first resurfaced at a provincial party meeting in Masvingo last month.

This was her first Politburo appearance for 2016.

She was taken ill after the ZANU-PF congress held in Victoria Falls last December following suspected food poisoning.

They party has since allayed such allegations.

There were rumours that during her lengthy vacation, several ZANU-PF bigwigs have been canvassing for her job.

On Wednesday, a pale looking Mahofa, who appeared to have shed significant weight, was the only Politburo member who received warm greetings from President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, ahead of the meeting.

While exchanging pleasantries,President Mugabe inquired about her current state of health, to which she responded saying she had vastly improved.

Amai Mugabe, who is her superior in the women’s league, went to the extent of embracing her, drawing wide smiles from the veteran Masvingo politician who played an instrumental role in her promotion from relative obscurity in 2014.

But, perhaps evidencing that she was still in pain, Mahofa remained rooted in her chair throughout the greetings while the rest of the Politburo members took to their customary feet in honour of the 92-year old political strongman.

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