Shuvai Mahofa makes Politburo return
MINISTER of State for Masvingo Province, Shuvai Mahofa, who has been out of the public glare for the past few months, made a surprise appearance at the ZANU-PF Politburo meeting at the party’s national headquarters in Harare on Wednesday last week.
This was her first Politburo appearance in 2016.
The 74-year-old politician, known as “The iron lady of Masvingo,” spent two months admitted in a South African hospital, missing all crucial party meetings before she resurfaced at a provincial party gathering in Masvingo last month.
She was taken ill after the ZANU-PF congress held in Victoria Falls last December following suspected food poisoning.
There were rumours that during her lengthy absence, several ZANU-PF bigwigs had begun canvassing for her job.
On Wednesday, a visibly frail 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 said she had vastly improved.
The First Lady, who is her superior in the Women’s League, went to the extent of embracing her, drawing a wide smile from the veteran Masvingo politician.
But, perhaps as evidence that she was still in pain, Mahofa remained seated during the greetings while the rest of the Politburo members were on their feet as a sign of respect towards the 92-year old President Mugabe and his wife. By Tendai Makaripe
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