vp mujuru airport.pngVice President Joice Mujuru arrived back home on Sunday after a two week tour of India and Dubai.

The Vice President arrived at the Harare International Airport to a hero’s welcome by women from various sections of society which included business, civil society and political parties.

They congratulated Vice President Mujuru for winning the Distinguished African Amazon Award in Dubai recently.

Women commented Vice President Mujuru for her quest to continuously empower women from all political parties, saying the award is befitting considering the great work she has done in nation building.

Also at the welcoming reception were top government officials including the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Dr. Olivia Muchena, who commended the Vice President for her achievements in politics and women empowerment.

The international award is in honour of women who have excelled in their professional life and made a difference in the life of other women.

Vice President Mujuru has scored a number of successes in her political career, rising from being the youngest Member of Parliament and Minister in post-independent Zimbabwe, including being the first woman Minister of Defence in Zimbabwe.

Vice President Mujuru said the award is a result of the support she received from all Zimbabweans starting from the President, Cde Robert Mugabe.

She urged men to treat women as equal and to give them enough support in all their endeavours in life.

Mrs. Ida Betty Odinga, wife of the Prime Minister Republic of Kenya, Dr. Hajiya Halima Nyako, wife of the Governor of Adamawa State Nigeria and Ms Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the Governor of the Rivers State of Nigeria also received awards that recognise their work in empowering women in Africa.

In receiving the award, Vice President Mujuru joins other distinguished African women such as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy of the Gambia who received the award during the past two years.

Before attending the International Conference on African Women Development in Dubai, Vice President Mujuru had an opportunity to attend and address the 8th India-Africa Conclave where she emphasised the need for African countries to shift their focus from traditional investors and markets to emerging economic power houses most of which are in the East.

These include India and China.

In his key note address, Indian Minister of Commerce, Trade and Textile, Mr Pradeep Sharma, said there is a new economic order in the world where the previously disadvantaged countries are emerging as economic giants, adding that this requires India and Africa to find common ground built on trust where they can share experiences.

He said on its part, India has set aside five billion dollars for Indian companies with interest to invest in Africa in order to help African countries’ economic development.

During and after the conclave, Vice President Mujuru had an opportunity to meet political and business leaders and to tour some engineering and manufacturing plants in Pune and Bengal.