By Professor Matodzi
Masvingo, February 28, 2016 – AILING Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Shuvai Mahofa, 74, was Saturday said to be recovering well and could be discharged from a South African hospital early March.
Psychomotor Minister and Masvingo politician Josiah Hungwe made the announcement in an address he made on behalf of the veteran Zanu PF politician during President Robert Mugabe’s 92nd birthday celebrations at the Great Zimbabwe Monuments on Saturday afternoon.
“President, you see me here because you sent your Minister for treatment in South Africa,” Hungwe said.
“I was talking to her and she said I must inform you that she is recovering well and could be back on the 5th of March and I assured her I will deliver the message to you.”
Mahofa, a war veteran, was taken ill in December last year after a Zanu PF annual people’s conference in Victoria Falls.
The Grace Mugabe ally, who last year succeeded ousted party politician Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, has never been seen in her government offices since the beginning of this year.
A Mahofa relative told RadioVOP earlier during the month the ‘iron lady’ was struggling with a non-functional kidney as a result of food poisoning.
“It was instead piling water inside which they (doctors) are draining. She will be well in a few weeks,” he said.
Addressing party supporters during his birthday celebrations in Masvingo, President Mugabe wished Mahofa well.
“We are sorry that our Resident Minister Mai Mahofa is still ill but we hear she is recovering,” Mugabe said.
“We keep praying that God helps her recover so that she could come back and continue with her work.”
Before the incident, Mahofa had already been having challenges with her health, having reportedly stumbled and fell at the launch of a Village ZimAsset programme organised by Chivi Rural District Council chairman Killer Zivhu.
President Mugabe has been criticised for keeping a ‘geriatric’ cabinet which has often seen ministers abandon duty to go and seek treatment abroad.