Harare mayor breaks ranks…invites First lady for fundraising dinner

The Harare City Council which is dominated by the MDC Alliance has decided to invite first Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa for fundraising dinner Zim Morning Post has learnt.

This comes as the MDC Alliance is still disputing the 30 July 2018 election results and they have since refused to recognise the current government.

In an interview with this publication, the first lady Auxilia Mnangagwa said the function cuts across the political divide.

“This is no longer about Zanu PF or the MDC. I am the first lady to everyone and I have to be apolitical. The event has nothing to do with politics so I have been invited and I will attend for the good of this country,” she said.

The move by Harare City council is against the position of the MDC Alliance. In November 2018 MDC Vice President Engineer Elias Mudzuri visited State House on Senate business but later faced a serious backlash from the Nelson Chamisa supporters.

Mudzuri was filmed being interrogated by the MDC Deputy Treasurer General Charlton Hwende on why he attended the State House event.

Harare mayor Herbert Gomba said that the Dinner is being organised by the Harare Council Green Ambassador Dereck Mpofu and he directed all questions to him but confirmed that the first lady was invited.

“The event is being organised by our Green Ambassador Dereck Mpofu and he is the one in charge. If the First lady comes it will be good so that we attract the corporate world and raise enough resources to buy bins for the City,” said Gomba.

Political Analyst Tafadzwa Mugwadi said the move by the Harare Council was interesting.

“It is interesting because the council in Harare is controlled by the MDC which on one hand say they do not recognize President Mnangagwa but choose to invite the first lady when it is convenient. It shows that perhaps the MDC is mature at its lower structures and childish at the top,” said Mugwadi.