Women ministers: Mugabe out of line

via Women ministers: Mugabe out of line | The Zimbabwean by Staff Reporter 18.09.13

By appointing only three women ministers, President Robert Mugabe showed insensitivity to 52 percent of the population and is out of line with modern political trends, say analysts.

Ibbo Mandaza said it was a pity that the executive arm of government had already breached the new Constitution, which calls for equality between women and men. “The Zanu (PF) executive arm of government appended its signature in the new constitution only to violate it a few months later,” he said. The new constitution is specific on gender equality, calling for equal representation of women in all sectors and arms of government.

Zimbabwe has ratified the Southern African Development Community Protocol on Gender and Development, whose key priority is to ensure equal representation of women in political and decision making positions.

“Using the gender lenses, this cabinet is a regression of gains made over the years. It has only four female Ministers out of 29, two provincial Ministers out of 10 and five deputy Ministers out of 25. This means the total number of women in this executive is 11 out of 65 – or only 17 percent,” said Itai Zimunya.

“If one looks at the type of Ministries in which these women are deployed, apart from the Vice President, it is fair to conclude that women have been located on the periphery as Zanu (PF) goes for broke in terms of power retention.”

Kurauone Chihwayi, the deputy spokesman for the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, said women voters had every reason to feel cheated and misled by Zanu (PF)’s campaign message which emphasised equality before the July 31 election.

But the new Women’s Affairs minister, Oppah Muchinguri, defended Mugabe saying he was gender sensitive. “Our constitution is specific to gender equality which has seen the enlargement of the party’s politburo and the central committee,” she said. “Within the party, for every three positions, there is a woman.”

Women’s organisations described the cabinet appointments as a major setback towards achieving gender equity, arguing that there are a lot of women parliamentarians with the relevant qualifications and capacity to be appointed in ministerial posts.



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    Tjingababili 9 years ago

    The majority that loses!

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    Zimbo 9 years ago

    If we wanted women in parliament, we would have voted them in. Barefoot & pregnant in the kitchen……………..

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    Rudadiso 9 years ago

    Oppah Muchinguri is a disgrace. She is just satisfied that she is one of the 3 cabinet ministers. So, as long as she is in cabinet women are adequately represented.

    This is the same woman who threatened to walk the streets of Harare naked if anyone dared challenge Mugabe for the leadership of zanu p.f. She is the minister of women’s affairs but is satisfied that 33 years into his rule Mugabe’s sensitivity to gender issues is best demonstrated by the fact that 33% of zanu p.f. central committee members are women. So, Zimbabwean women should be happy about this party statistics which is meaningless.

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    Pokoyo Gono 9 years ago

    Its foolhard to believe Mugabe would understand ,let alone go along with modern trends of politics.He still lives in the 1970s that war
    was fought for Zimbabwe’s liberation.Emancipation of women is a universal step to gender equality.Mugabe recycles his old guards as he is paranoid.He lives in fear of the unknown.Women should exert pressure and progressive men must rally behind such a noble cause. Down with Oppah!