Push for woman to replace Mugabe

HARARE - As the country gallops towards the eagerly-awaited 2018 national elections, calls for a woman to challenge President Robert Mugabe are getting louder with the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) yesterday saying the time is now ripe for the country to have a woman leader.

This comes as a civic society group, Women4Women, and female politicians drawn from different political parties have joined hands to launch aggressive campaigns targeting women to increase their participation in next year’s polls.

At the same time, the Women Electoral Convergence (Wec) — a grouping of politicians drawn from various political parties — has caused ripples within the opposition movement where there are growing fears that former Vice President Joice Mujuru could use the platform to launch her bid to lead the mooted grand coalition at the expense of MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai.

Speaking yesterday after the release of a survey by the Women’s Coalition in Zimbabwe (WCoZ), ZGC chairperson, Margaret Sangarwe-Mukahanana, said former vice president Joice Mujuru’s experience in government was testament of what could happen in 2018, although she did not mention her by name.

“Zimbabwe is ripe to have a female president because previously we had a female vice-president. So if we could have that it would show that the country is ready and setting precedence over others,” Sangarwe-Mukahanana said.

WCoZ national coordinator Sally Ncube also weighed in saying while a female president may be needed, it was critical that an appropriate candidate be chosen.

“Zimbabwe has been ready for a leader who is responsive to the needs of the citizens. If there is any bold woman out there who wants to give that to the citizens and transform their livelihoods then they should step up.

“All it entails is that someone should come out and pronounce that they want a position in the presidium and the electorate will respond,” said Ncube.

She, however, warned that if women were placed in such leadership positions, and they view situations in patriarchal lenses, citizens would be bound not to see the real reason why women should be placed in such positions.

“Even if we have women in leadership positions, they are operating in a patriarchal context and institutional framework, which clouds their judgment and reason.

“When women do not support each other, it is actually a divide and rule tactic that is played by men,” warned Ncube.

Mujuru, who now leads the fledgling National People’s Party (NPP) following her inglorious exit from the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), has in recent weeks punted herself to lead the envisaged grand coalition, at the same time seemingly questioning the suitability of Tsvangirai to front the mooted alliance.

The former Zanu PF second secretary has been holding meetings in provinces with colleagues such as MDC vice president Thokozani Khupe and ex-Cabinet minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga under the Wec platform in a bid to lure women to vote in next year’s elections.

Wec is a non-party specific platform, driven by women politicians drawn from different political parties to encourage the feminine gender to register and vote for next year’s elections.

Apart from mobilising for voter registration, Wec is also advocating for an increase in the number of women who hold political office.

Some senior officials in the MDC are suspecting that the Wec platform is aimed at puncturing Tsvangirai’s mooted bid to lead the envisaged coalition.

Matters came to a head last month when MDC tried to disrupt, but without success, a Wec meeting in Bulawayo where Khupe was among the participants at a gathering addressed by Mujuru.

Tsvangirai’s backers alleged there could be a deal between Mujuru and Khupe to derail the popular former trade union leader’s presidential bid, and were particularly not happy that their vice president had chosen to attend the Wec meeting, which they perceived to have acted as a distraction to their scheduled rally in Gweru the following day.

Comments (7)

Don't fool yourselves women this road is filthy garai kumba mubike sadza. Having many years as a deputy does not mean that Joyce was making any decisions or was running the show. Ko ivo varume vacho vava ready here kugarwa bumper nana Madum kkkkk

grade 2 - 6 July 2017

MADZIMBWE MUFADZANA NENHEMA VAKADZI ITS NEVER NEVER THE RIGHT TIME ALL THESE PROBLEMS NOT READY FOR A WEMAN ..YOU PEOPLE YOU ARE FULL OF SHEET.....YOU DO NOT FEEL THE PAINS NEMUCHIITA JEMA NEVADYA ....MUJURU IF HE WANT TO PART AND PARCEL MUST WIN AT LIST SOME SEATS OR DO IT FOR HER SELF THEN UNDER THE MERCEY OF MORGAN IN THE NEW GVT CAN BE PUT TO ONE OF MORGAN DEPUTY INCLUDING KHUPE AND WELSHMAN AND OTHERS AFTER ASSESSING HOW HARD YOU PEOPLE WORK TO REMOVE ZANU PF RULE OR ELSE IF MORGAN SEES YOU PEOPLE WEAK HE RATHER TAKE ED....AND FORM A GVT OF NATIONAL UNITY SO EVEYONE WORK HARD NO SPOON FEEDING GUYS

dofo - 6 July 2017

women think its easy to remove a rabid dog from leading zimbabwe. Bikai sadza nevana kumba muvate.

gate - 6 July 2017

You are ready to rule when the majority of you are not even bold enough to vote for any other person other than old Bob who has made life hell especially for women and children.Vote zanu pf out first then we will see your seriousness.A woman cannot be a president or occupy higher offices just for the sake of it,but has to prove what she is made of.

Janana wa Bikaz - 7 July 2017

Mujuru's experience in the Zanu pf government amounts to nothing other than oppression of the people of Zimbabwe. She is part of the system and will always be one. i have said it before and will say it again, dai asina kudzingwa angadai achiriko.

Muchaona Mapera - 7 July 2017

Should i remind these Mujuru worshipers that she is the one who was denying Masiiwa a license to operate Econet while she was a minister of Telecomms? Why are we so blind? Mujuru should not even be a minister in the new government!

Truth.com - 7 July 2017

and the daily news is owned by Joice Mujuru

masipula - 7 July 2017

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