Parliamentarians fail to represent women-Mliswa

Chris Mahove

Independent Member of Parliament for Norton constituency, Temba Mliswa (pictured) says the current crop of female legislators have not represented women adequately in parliament.

Mliswa made the remarks in a tweet to congratulate LEAD President, Linda Masarira on her election as the 3rd Vice President of the Organisation on Pan African Convergence OPAN last week.

He said; “Congratulations my sister @lilomatic on your appointment. I have always admired your tenacity despite what people may say about you. I pray that one day you be in Parliament to represent women.  With you they will be well represented as most of those who have taken the task have failed to fulfill it adequately,”

Masarira contested and lost the Harare Central parliamentary seat in the 2018 elections on an MDC-T ticket, garnering 2251 votes against 5 632 for ZANU PF candidate Misheck Mangwende and 10 876 votes for MDC-Alliance’s Murisi Zwizai.

The ninth session of Parliament saw just 31 % of women making it into the August House, a sharp decrease from the previous 35 % in the last parliament.

This is a far short of the equal representation stipulated by Sections 17 and 56 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, which calls for equal representation of gender at every sector of society, including politics.

Our politics have largely been known to be masculine in nature, disadvantaging women who have lesser brawn and financial muscle, so these are areas that stakeholders need to look into as a matter of urgency. We must do all it takes to ensure that political parties field more female candidates in the next elections.

Most of the female legislators found themselves in parliament courtesy of the proportional representation (PR) quota system, which sadly ends in 2023.

Masarira will serve for a five year-term as 3rd Vice President of the organisation, which is focused on changing the paradigm for the future Africa and the total emancipation of African people.

“We are the private of the African Union and we seek to stimulate innovative dynamics to reestablish the common ideal of an African land capable of taking charge of itself and being capable of taking itself out of the dependency syndrome that we have seen since time immemorial that has been enforced by the predatory forces of the capitalist world,” she said.

She said the new leadership was tasked with the restoration of the cultural norms and values of the African people so that the continent can be able to sustain itself by beneficiating everything that it has, including its minerals and raw materials.

This, she said, would assist Africa to sustain livelihoods of the African people and not just depend on aid from Europe, the West, the East or any other country that is outside the continent of Africa.

Djelassem Donangmeaye Felix of Chad was elected President, while Celestino Djamen of Cameron and Therence Nkuna Bukasa of DR Congo were elected 1st and 2nd Vice President respectively.

Dr Coulibaly Dinignako of Cote d’Voire was voted Secretary General, deputized by Dr Rachel Mariembe of Cameron

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