The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa says it is now time for the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to be transformed from being a consultative entity into a fully fledged parliament in accordance with the vision spelt out at its inception in 2004.
Cde Mnangagwa said this when she bid farewell to the Pan African Parliament during the 6th ordinary session of the 4th PAP in Midrand, South Africa this morning.
She has served the continental organisation as Chairperson of the Southern African Regional Caucus.
Presenting her farewell speech, Cde Mnangagwa informed the PAP that Zimbabwe has signed the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to PAP and the Malabo Protocol, and urged the continental organisation to continue lobbying other governments to do the same.
She said she is leaving PAP to pursue other commitments.
“It is my considered view that by now all of you are acquainted with the events that took place in the Republic of Zimbabwe, leading to the assumption of office of the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe by my husband, His Excellency, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa on November 24 November 2017. As a result of this development, i am now laden with various responsibilities that come with being the First Lady of the republic,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
The First Lady added that she leaves PAP with a wealth of knowledge which she shall always treasure.
“Being with you in this chamber and various forums we have interacted in across the continent moulded me into the person I am today. I have learnt how to take direction, criticism, and it is not an easy task to chair the regional caucus and my colleague chairpersons will testify to that but with the tremendous support from all of you the task was manageable,” she said.
Cde Mnangagwa was seconded to PAP in 2015 and on her last day today, she preached the spirit a one African voice and the values of Ubuntu.