Women’s representation in Parliament: where to after 2023?

By Buhle Tshavango. Women’s representation in Parliament has recorded a slight increase in recent years owing to 60 reserved seats in the National Assembly, however there is not enough time to celebrate the impact as this quota system clause is nearing its 2023 pegged sunset. According to the Research and Advocacy Unit  (RAU), since the  1995 Beijing Declaration, the number of women in  National Assembly … Continue reading Women’s representation in Parliament: where to after 2023?

Sweden pours US$420K to encourage women participation in governance processes

 By Buhle Tshavango Swedish Embassy has partnered with local organisations in a US$420 000 project dubbed Strengthening Women’s Advocacy for inclusive Governance (SWAG). SWAG which was officially launched yesterday is aimed at supporting women’s participation in democratic processes and governance covering pre and post-election period. The project which 18 months-long and comes at a time when the country is gearing towards the much-hyped 2018 general … Continue reading Sweden pours US$420K to encourage women participation in governance processes

CDF saga: MPs now demand US$75K

Daniel Chigundu Legislators have demanded that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which is currently pegged at US$50 000 be adjusted to US$75 000 because of inflation. Treasury has already marshalled about US$5 million in CDF funds to be disbursed to the 210 legislators as soon as the constitution for the fund has been adopted by Parliament. Speaking in the National Assembly, Norton legislator Temba Mliswa … Continue reading CDF saga: MPs now demand US$75K

EU/AU Summit: 6 issues that youth want prioritised

By Watmore Makokoba As roads lead to Abidjan Cote D’Ivoire for the EU and African Union Summit scheduled for the 29th to 30th of November this year, youths say they want to be prioritised during the high-level summit’s deliberations. In an effort to engage youth on their expectations and possible input for the summit, the National Youth Association Organisation and Open Space organised an engagement … Continue reading EU/AU Summit: 6 issues that youth want prioritised

BVR registration: the disabled cry foul

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa People living with the disability say the ongoing biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise is discriminatory as most of the information that has been disseminated has left out the deaf, dumb and the blind. According to Bensen Banga a disability activist, there has not been enough information disseminated to ensure the disabled are aware of the new registration exercise, adding that this will … Continue reading BVR registration: the disabled cry foul

Gender equality: Mahoka hits out at male MPs

By Daniel Chigundu Hurungwe East legislator Sarah Mahoka has taken a sharp swipe at male legislators accusing them of using their riches to shut women out of top positions. Women in the country have complained that they cannot compete with men at the same levels adding that they do not have matching resources. Although Zimbabwe has made some commendable progress in trying to bring equality … Continue reading Gender equality: Mahoka hits out at male MPs

Why Shona speakers cannot teach Ndebele in Matabeleland

By Daniel Chigundu Pelandaba-Mpopoma legislator Joseph Tshuma says the government must immediately stop Shona people who are teaching Ndebele in Matabeleland because they are not properly qualified and are distorting the language. Debating on the President’s speech in the National Assembly, Honourable Tshuma said he was not being tribalistic or regionalistic, but people in the region are not happy with Shona people teaching Ndebele. “There … Continue reading Why Shona speakers cannot teach Ndebele in Matabeleland

Human trafficking: U.S. engages Zim

By Daniel Chigundu US officials who were in the country a few weeks ago have revealed that their country is pushing for more partnership with Zimbabwe to combat trafficking in persons (TIP) issues. The two officials, Torrie Higgins who is Program Advisor at the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State and Haley Wright a Foreign Service Officer … Continue reading Human trafficking: U.S. engages Zim

Girl-child abuse: Govt urged to do more

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Zimbabwe National Council for Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) director Reverend Taylor Nyanhete says while the government has done a remarkable thing by providing safe houses for abused girls, there is need to do more to cater for those who need extra help. Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare has spearheaded a program where about 56 young girls have already been … Continue reading Girl-child abuse: Govt urged to do more

Showy acquisitions: Grace drawn back into spotlight

By Wisdom Mumera First Lady Grace Mugabe has been drawn under the spotlight again after her son Russell Goreraza imported two Rolls Royce vehicles at a cost of R70 million drawing the ire of many who feel the acquisitions are corrupt benefits. Commenting on the picture of the imported Rolls Royce on social media, Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Justice Wadyejena branded the acquisitions as being a … Continue reading Showy acquisitions: Grace drawn back into spotlight