Independent legislator for Norton, Temba Mliswa has called for the removal of the quota system in parliament arguing that the 60 female legislators have done nothing to promote the cause of women. The 60 proportional representative MPs have no constituencies, but are chosen by their parties for gender equality in Parliament. Speaking at a public forum, Mliswa said:
It’s high time that the affirmative action programme comes to an end.
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We have 60 women elected in the last election to represent women. What have they done for you? Nothing! And no one has questioned them.
Leadership is more than that. Are you able to deliver? Are you able to serve the people, and this is where the aspect of merit comes in.
On top of the 60 which you are given for free, you women are equally allowed to contest in the 210 constituencies.
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Temba Mliswa is an outspoken Zimbabwean politician and the current Member of Parliament for Norton Constituency having won the by-election on 22 October 2016 as an independent candidate. He is the former current Parliamentary Portfolio Chairman on Mines and Energy. He is a former member... Read More About Temba Mliswa
Norton is a Town located in Chegutu District, Mashonaland West Province. It is located about 44.5km west of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. It is surrounded by farms and forest plantations. It is also home to the Darwindale Dam. Read More About Norton