The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ) has expressed its disappointment at the fact that President Emmerson Mnangagwa did not appoint a woman as one of his vice presidents. The Coalition also highlighted the low number of women in Mnangagwa’s first cabinet as in the Kgalema Motlanthe led Commision of Inquiry into the August 1 violence and deaths of at least 6 civilians after soldiers used live bullets. In a statement, WCOZ said,
It is an established fact that the President appointed into the Presidium two male Vice-Presidents. As Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, we are aggrieved by these developments, as we note that the appointments do not reflect gender equality and constitutionalism
We also note that the recent appointment of the Presidium is not an isolated case where women have not been afforded equal representation as their men counterparts. The Cabinet of November 2017 had 22 ministers, only five of them were women…In the recent commission of inquiry appointed to look into the violent events of August 1, 2018, the President appointed a seven-member commission, which is composed of five men and only two females.