THE Zanu-PF Women’s League yesterday called for the amendment of the party’s constitution to reintroduce the women’s quota system in the Presidium where one of the two Vice-Presidents must be a woman.
The League led by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe made the resolution at the party’s 15th People’s Conference, giving a timeframe of next year for implementation of the resolution.
Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru was the first female VP to assume the office in 2004 following a resolution by the Women’s League at its annual conference to put forward a female candidate for the party’s vice-presidency.
Dr Mujuru, who had filled the post after the death of former Vice-President Simon Muzenda, was deposed last year following allegations of attempting to overthrow President Mugabe.
A thematic committee on Women’s Affairs which was chaired by Dr Mugabe resolved that the party revive the quota.
“Your Excellency, as a committee we have resolved that the party reinstates the previous position that one Vice-President be a woman and this should be done by 2016,” said the Women’s League Deputy Secretary Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo as she read the resolutions.
The committee also called for the amendment of the country’s Constitution to allow for the extension of parliamentary quota system for a 50-50 representation.
“There must be a 50-50 representation by 2016 and the national Constitution must be amended to extend the women parliamentary quota system until such a time when women are fully empowered,” said Cde Moyo.
The committee also advocated for a law against early child marriages to protect the girl child from sexual abuse.
Nine thematic committees, chaired by Politburo members discussed critical issues and reported back to the conference.
These included the thematic committee on Women’s Affairs, state of the party, agriculture, food security and nutrition, infrastructure and utilities, value addition and beneficiation, liberation war heritage, poverty eradication, youth affairs and social services, and sports, culture and religion.
On the state of the party, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere who is the National Political Commissar said they resolved that the party’s First Secretary President Mugabe is the candidate for 2018 elections.
He said the committee resolved that the party’s grassroots structures be strengthened through a myriad of measures that include denouncing tribalism, nepotism and corruption — vices which were passionately condemned at the conference.