Mnangagwa’s wife flees Zimbabwe

Auxilia Mnangagwa

While all the news focus in the past week centred on axed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his dramatic escape, little attention has been given to his wife whereabouts with strong indications she may have fled the country and joined her husband in exile.

Mrs Auxilia Mnangagwa is sitting Zanu-PF MP for Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituency.

Mrs Mnangagwa was conspicuous by her absence during the just ended 2018 pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls which was attended by legislators from both houses of assembly.

Zanu-PF Midlands provincial spokesperson and Mnangagwa ally, Cornelius Muperereri, said the former VP’s wife was still in Zimbabwe but refused to disclose her whereabouts insisting she had no reasons to skip the country.

“Yes she is. Why shouldn’t she?” said Mupereri when asked if Auxilia was still in Zimbabwe.

But Speaker of the national assembly and top Zanu-PF politician Jacob Mudenda came too close to confirming Mrs Mnangagwa has left Zimbabwe to join her husband.

“Listen! Don’t ask me questions whose answer you know. Alright? What’s wrong with you?” Mudenda said.

Probed further, Mudenda retorted, “I don’t want to comment further than that. Alright?”

Mnangagwa was sacked as State VP by President Robert Mugabe last week and he immediately left the country with different media accounts of how he skipped the border while top ally and war veterans chief Chris Mutsvangwa told the media last week Mnangagwa was now in South Africa.

But in all the media accounts on his exit, Auxilia does not feature in any, with suggestions she may have left on her own.

Reports last week said Mnangagwa could be charged with murder, treason and corruption if he was to return to Zimbabwe as Mugabe seeks to pulverise his former aide.

Mnangagwa’s oldest son Emmerson Mnangagwa Junior is also reported to have fled the country the same day his father left Zimbabwe.

Unverified sources say the once powerful Kwekwe family escaped with huge amounts of cash and gold.