MDC vice president Lynette Karenyi has urged the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa to adhere to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) resolution to have a 50/50 gender balance in Parliament.
Karenyi-Kore castigated the current quota system where there are a few seats reserved for women saying the arrangement is demeaning to female legislators. Said Karenyi:
Other Parliamentary candidates have started to label the women elected through the Parliamentary quota system as ‘Baccosi’.This is a derogatory slang word used by some citizens when referring to things given for free.
She bemoaned a recent Cabinet resolution to extend the Parliamentary Women’s Quota by 10 years arguing that it was done in bad faith.
Karenyi called on both male and female Parliamentarians to totally reject the Cabinet resolution.