Zanu-PF bigwigs Reject female VP

The Daily news reports that Zanu-PF is resisting calls to amend its constitution to re-introduce a woman as one of the party’s vice presidents – as the race to replace former State vice president Kembo Mohadi heats up.

Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana, told the Daily News yesterday that 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.

This comes amid intense pressure from women for Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint a woman as one of his deputies, as was the case before former vice president Joice Mujuru was fired from the party and government by the late former president Robert Mugabe in 2014.

“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,” Mangwana said.

“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”.