Mother of the Nation a deserved title for the First Lady — Russian delegation
Tendai Rupapa Reporter
RUSSIA fully recognizes the First Lady, Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa, as a great charity activist worthy of the title “mother of the nation”, said the President of the Russian Federation Council, Madam Valentina Matviyenko.
Speaking at a dinner held in his honor on Thursday evening after arriving in the country with a high-level delegation at the reciprocal invitation of the First Lady, Mrs. Matviyenko also described President Mnangagwa as a heroic and courageous man. a true patriot.
She also had good words for Zimbabweans who she said were open-minded and kind people.
The dinner was hosted by the First Lady, in the presence of ministers, deputy ministers and other senior officials.
The menu included traditional dishes that the mother of the nation promotes throughout the country due to their high nutritional value and medicinal properties.
The First Lady and Madame Matviyenko led other officials onto the dance floor where they danced to local music performed by the police band.
“Your most valuable asset is your openness and kindness,” Ms. Matviyenko said. “We are all very impressed to meet His Excellency President Mnangagwa. Your Head of State is a brave, heroic man and a true patriot who is doing a lot to promote socio-economic development and preserve your sovereignty and independence.
“President (Vladimir) Putin of Russia and President Mnangagwa have a personal relationship of trust and they have paved the way for our multidimensional bilateral relations. The highlight of relations was the visit of the President of Zimbabwe to the Russian Federation and the agreements reached with Russian President Vladimir Putin which give new impetus to our interesting relations.
“The Republic of Zimbabwe has honored us with a visit to the International Women’s Forum in Saint Petersburg which has given a new dimension to our humanitarian relations and our cooperation in the fields of education and health and I would like to ensure, Mrs. Mnangagwa, that Russia knows that you are a great charitable activist and you deserve to be called mother of the nation.
“Thank you for your invitation to visit your great country and for a very welcoming hospitality. We would like to acknowledge the attention you pay to the development of Russian-Zimbabwean ties and your personal contribution to it and to the reception of our delegation and we feel this warmth and love that you give us.
“You and President Mnangagwa told us to feel at home, we do indeed feel at home. The visit was organized at the highest level and we will always remember that.”
Earlier, the mother of the nation expressed her confidence that the Russian delegation would have fruitful exchanges in the country.
“I warmly welcome you to Zimbabwe and express my confidence that you and your team have had and will have successful engagements,” she said. “I remember with gratitude, Honorable Matviyenko, the visit I made to St. Petersburg to attend the Third Eurasian Women’s Forum in October 2021 following an invitation extended to me by you.
“This most memorable event was an eye opener as it was an important platform for women around the world where we exchanged hybrid ideas on how to approach and tackle global challenges. these are just a few memorable encounters among many other encounters I have had with you.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Honorable Matviyenko, my office and the Angel of Hope Foundation undertake various philanthropic activities across the country. The foundation has succeeded in positively transforming the lives of many disadvantaged Zimbabweans in very difficult times.
Dr. Mnangagwa, who is the country’s health ambassador, paid tribute to Russia for its interventions aimed at alleviating the country’s difficult situation related to Covid-19.
“We therefore express our deep gratitude to the Russian government for coming to our rescue during the Covid-19 pandemic by donating the Sputnik vaccine to fight the pandemic,” she said.
“This donation has therefore greatly helped our government to accelerate its vaccination program.
“As we all know, the success of philanthropic work is guaranteed when working with a healthy population. Once again, I am grateful for your visit to our beautiful country and wish you fruitful deliberations with the various stakeholders.
In his vote of thanks, Zanu PF Second Secretary and Vice President Kembo Mohadi showered Dr Mnangagwa with praise for his philanthropic work which had captured the imagination of the world.
“I would like to thank the First Lady very warmly for going to Saint Petersburg, Russia,” he said. “I thank her for her work in Zimbabwe through her Angel of Hope Foundation. His works actually went to foreign countries and caught the attention of people in those foreign countries. They have heard of the good things she is doing in Zimbabwe.
“Recently, she got a doctorate from an Indian university because of her philanthropic work. If people from faraway countries recognize her, what do our universities do? 1. India has already recognized it.
“Anyway, I want to thank the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education for coming to dinner. Minister, now it’s up to you to sit down with your advice and see what you can do. Even for us at the head of the party and the government, we did not do as well as she did.
“She goes to the base where the people are. She does not spend her time in the office, but with people, listening to people. Amai trying to imitate you and following in your footsteps, I found four “L’s” which are; If you want to be a servant leader, you have to live with people. If you live with these people, you have to listen to them. If you listen to them, you learn from them and you love them.
Cde Mohadi said he deduced the principle from the First Lady’s interaction with people.
“Amai lives with people, listens to what they say, learns from them and loves them. After listening to people, she then proposes programs in their favor. I salute you, Your Excellency. It is true that musha mukadzi. For there to be Zimbabwe, there must be a First Lady like her. If Zimbabwe is what it is, it is thanks to the First Lady. he said to applause.
Singer Diana Samkange, traditional dance groups and the police band entertained the guests who enjoyed Zimbabwean culture and cuisine.