By Tariro Senderayi
MDC-N legislator and women’s rights advocate Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has urged women to take off their panties and wipe them on President Robert Mugabe’s face on the ballot papers in 2018, as a way of waving him goodbye.
Opposition parties blame President Mugabe for the untold suffering that is currently being experienced in the country, fronted by 89 percent unemployment rate and the biting cash crisis that has seen most people spending more time at bank queues.
Addressing about 4000 women who had gathered for the Women’s Electoral Convergence (WEC) at the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo, Misihairabwi said women should approach the polling stations with smiles on their faces as poverty was coming to a halt via the elections.
“On election day you need to expose your poverty by carrying your old torn panties which are a direct result of Mugabe’s mismanagement of the economy.
“When you get inside of the voting point take the panties off and wipe it on Mugabe’s face, tell him ‘voetsek’ and then go ahead to cast your vote against him,” she said.
The objectives of the WEC is to mobilise more than 1 million women to vote in the 2018 harmonised elections and according to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairperson Lucia Matibenga, each woman is expected to approach 10 women outside her circle and encourage them to reach out to others.
The Bulawayo meeting which saw women braving the cold weather was attended by leading women in the country’s opposition politics such as National People’s Party (NPP) president Joice Mujuru, MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe, PDP chairperson Lucia Matibenga, among others.
Meanwhile, women were also urged to force their way into Parliament by voting for each other in the impending 2018 general elections.
WEC said women’s strength lies in their supportive nature and huge numbers in the population which they can use to ensure that they vote in a government that has the interests of women at heart.
According to the current Zimbabwe census, women constitute about 52 percent on the population in the country.
Women also urged ZEC to revisit the election registration requirements, especially the proof of residence as most women do not own immovable property.