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Government’s gender equality programme applauded

Story by Gerald Sasa

CHIKOMBA District is appreciative of the government’s move to uplift their women into leadership positions after several women took up key leadership positions after the August 23 general elections.

What was unthinkable in the not-so-distant past is now a reality as the government’s gender equality programmes are bearing fruit, with women now occupying key leadership positions.

Those who spoke to ZBC News at a constituency interactive meeting in Manyene area over the weekend are appreciative of government strides in empowering women.

This comes after Chikomba West legislator Honourable Tatenda Mavetera was appointed as a Cabinet Minister while others benefitted through the women’s quota.

“We are very excited about this which has given women power,” said a Chikomba woman.

“It was not good voting for males while women were marginalised politically,” said another woman.

Mrs Virginia Bimha is one of the female councillors who benefitted under the women’s quota.

“I tried several times to be a councillor through direct election but failed because I was outmuscled by men but I thank President Emmerson Mnangagwa for giving us this chance,” she said.

Honourable Tatenda Mavetera, whose first dance with Parliament came through the women’s quota before contesting to represent Chikomba West in the August 23 general elections is another living testimony of the government’s initiative to elevate women to key leadership positions.

“That entry into parliament representing the women gave me the opportunity to be where I am now,” said Honourable Mavetera.

Chikomba Rural District Council has a female vice chairperson, while seven women came through the women’s quota.

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