Government pledges to implement 30 percent quota

By ZBC Reporter

The implementation of the 30 percent quota for women in local government is on course with revelations that the document is now being finalised by the Attorney General.

Now in its final stage, the implementation of the 30 percent quota reserved for women in local authorities is on course, and government has revealed that the Attorney General is finalising the policy document.

We have moved very much to ensure that the initiative takes effect. Already, it has gone through the cabinet process and is now with the AG’s office. We are just waiting to iron out all the other technicalities that will clarify whether this will be included on the 1950 seats currently available or it will add on this, said the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works Honourable Marian Chombo.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Honourable Sithembiso Nyoni said the historic stride given the green light by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Victoria Falls last year, has set the tone for optimum gender parity in local governance.

We want to make sure that we utilise this window and promote the participation of women in urban and rural authorities. What is now left is to encourage more young women to come on board. Since we have an opportunity under proportional representation quota we should be able to bring meaningful change to people’s lives,she said.

Women empowerment is a key target of the Second Republic, with President Mnangagwa stressing the need to widen the democratic space through increasing their participation in decision making processes.