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Zanu PF Says No To Female VP


By Staff Reporter

Ruling party Zanu PF said it will not amend its constitution to re-introduce a woman as one of the party’s vice president

The party’s secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana, said amending the party’s constitution to accommodate a woman as one of the country’s deputy presidents was not a current consideration.

“At the moment we are not targeting the vice president’s post. If we complete our constitution amendments, we are going to give you so that you read it for yourself.

“It (the party’s constitution) does not talk of certain positions having women. We are simply saying we stand for gender equality as an aspiration, but it won’t happen overnight.

“Even in all political formations they are failing to achieve that (women’s quota), although everyone is trying to do so.”

“There are many socio-economic challenges in the country which are actually fighting against that aspiration, but we are trying to achieve it.

“We have gender representation in our party across the board. We are striving for gender equality as a modern and progressive party.

“That is a general principle which applies in every structure. For every position in the party, we are striving to have gender equality.”

This comes as women advocacy groups have implored Mnangagwa and Zanu PF to re-appoint a woman as one of the country’s vice presidents.

Robert Tapfumaneyi