Undenge reiterates call for woman V. President
Nyore Madzianike Manicaland Bureau
THE Zanu-PF Women’s League wants the party to amend its constitution and adopt a quota system which allows for the appointment of a female vice president. The ruling party’s Women’s League national secretary for administration, Cde Letina Undenge said the party’s constitution should also create a female post in the Presidium. She said this during the handover of 3 000 chicks to Zanu-PF’s Women’s League district chairpersons from Manicaland in Mutare on Tuesday.
Cde Undenge handed over the chicks on behalf of the First Lady, Dr Amai Grace Mugabe, the wing’s secretary, who donated them as a way of empowering women. The First Lady has donated 30 000 chicks, 3 000 per province, to help kick-start the project and has since facilitated training of women in chicken rearing. Cde Undenge said as women, they wanted the ruling party’s constitution amended.
“We have said this over the past two years. We want the quota system so that one of the vice presidents should be a woman. We said this before and we will continue saying it because we want a woman to be in the Presidium. This system is not only in Zimbabwe, but it is there all over the world. If you look at South Africa, they have this system. We want women to be empowered. Women also want powerful positions; positions in decision-making. People should understand us on what we are saying on this issue. We don’t want confusion. We are saying as women we want that empowerment, we are entitled to that empowerment, to that quota so that we are also sitting on the decision- making bench,” she said
Cde Undenge said the First Lady had women at heart and wanted to ensure they were empowered.
“Amai was the one who said she wanted to meet chairladies. She was also the one who said that she wanted to empower the chairladies. Amai always says that to be what she is today it is because of chairladies. We all know that we are going into elections in 2018. As we go into the elections we should remember that the vote is in the hands of women. We want to talk about the database and BVR. As the Women’s League, we would like to declare that we will vote for President Mugabe. All women should go and register to vote and they should have all the receipts required to vote,” she said.
Cde Undenge urged the district chairladies to fairly share the chicks donated by the First Lady. Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene, Zanu-PF provincial secretary for administration, Cde Kenneth Saruchera, Buhera Central MP Cde Ronald Muderedzwa and other party members attended the event.