Age catches up with Mahofa

HARARE - Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa is struggling to keep up with the rigours of office, delivering the President’s Heroes Day speech from a chair on Monday.

Mahofa, 74, one of Zanu PF’s most iconic and controversial figures with a career stretching across Zimbabwe’s 35-year history, struggled to lay wreaths on all graves of provincial heroes in Masvingo, and subsequently declined an invitation to deliver her speech at the podium.

President Robert Mugabe’s promotion of Mahofa to Provincial minister for Masvingo in February was met with bewilderment, with many questioning why Mugabe was going for an old horse.

In Masvingo, this week, she gave another sign that she is struggling to keep up with her ministerial tasks.

“Everyone at Masvingo Heroes Acre was very surprised,” said a villager who attended the holiday marking the bitter guerrilla war that led to independence in 1980.

“The MC (Master of Ceremony) invited Mahofa to come to the podium but without any reply to the MC’s request, Mahofa began reading her speech while seated.”

The villager declined to be named fearing reprisals.

Another delegate said: “Even when she was placing flowers on graves, Mahofa showed signs of fatigue. She struggled to walk and I think there is something wrong with the Provincial Affairs minister.”

Mahofa, who said she was incapacitated by a knee problem at the peak of the celebrations, says she is fighting and is not in pain.

“I have a knee problem so on Monday I failed to stand because of that problem,” Mahofa told the Daily News yesterday.

“I have been suffering from this knee problem for a long time now but on Defence Forces Day I managed to address people while standing.”

In April, she also struggled to read Mugabe’s official Independence Day speech, which was prepared in English.

The septuagenarian, who is a close ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe, was promoted to the post after former Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti was booted out of Zanu PF on allegations of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.

Mahofa’s promotion was a reward for the Joice Mujuru demolition job after untested allegations that the former VP was plotting a coup against Mugabe.

A close source said Mahofa’s health remains in danger and that “there is a slow and gradual deterioration” in her condition spurred by old age.

Soon after being appointed minister in July, Mahofa requested that her Benjamin Burombo House office in Masvingo be moved from the second floor to the ground floor because she was having trouble climbing the steep stairs.

 

Comments (11)

We dont care about her failure to stand but we care for her brains, if she is wise enough to make decisions for Masvingo, fair with me

Livison - 13 August 2015

Bvuma wachembera. moti ku shungurudza kwamakaitta mai Mujuru muchaenda nepi.hutsinye hwenyu hwuchakubatayi

ZIMUNYA WASU - 13 August 2015

In zanu pf there is no retirement. They say old wine tests better and here is an old folk who should have retired eleven years ago but only got promoted after she danced and collapsed at the December 2014 congress. How can any sane employer employ a 71yr old into office except he has something in common with the employee. i.e "Age". In zanu the young get demoted and old are promoted. That's zanu for you

pride - 13 August 2015

the third line should read how can a sane employer employ a 74yr old into office

pride - 13 August 2015

And then, this is a non event like Zanu, zvichango pera chete, no one, party bigger than Zimbabwe

John Madhiri - 13 August 2015

Advanced age +70yrs , Over weight and I.Q 30 and below. Mai Mahofa vari pama one healthy wise. Its very sad, because a potential young educated individual who is a street vendor at the moment would have come up with a medical solution to Mahofa's problem under normal circumstances but alas. The bulk of the GVT belongs to a retirement nursing home. We want jobs to bath and clean our own old people but all from R.G himself don't want to retire. What's next , someone delivering a speech from a hospital bed or dying at the podium.

X-MAN IV - 13 August 2015

She reflects the state of the country in all aspects, & of course that of the appointee. If positions where filled on merit, we wouldnt be where we are. We need a driver who is better than I. D. Smith not this combi/mshikashika driver.

EL-DODO - 14 August 2015

how can we be successful when people who are supposed to be living at old people's homes are leading us?

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 14 August 2015

Obvious, after loosing the likes Dydimus & Rugare Robert had to go & search thru all dustbins of some old and retired zanu pf lunatics to bring back into the fold so that he doesn't look too odd amongst the much much younger zanu pf hoodlums. At least a few figure who are just 20 yrs youngers serves Bob well. imagine a situation whereby the next elderly fellow in parliament, cabinet, etc, is 40 yrs younger than him. Munotaura dzeyi pakadaro, imi muri sekuru nemuzukuru pazera.

mapingu - 15 August 2015

Obvious, after loosing the likes Dydimus & Rugare Robert had to go & search thru all dustbins of some old and retired zanu pf lunatics to bring back into the fold so that he doesn't look too odd amongst the much much younger zanu pf hoodlums. At least a few figure who are just 20 yrs youngers serves Bob well. imagine a situation whereby the next elderly fellow in parliament, cabinet, etc, is 40 yrs younger than him. Munotaura dzeyi pakadaro, imi muri sekuru nemuzukuru pazera.

mapingu - 15 August 2015

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