The Zanu PF First Secretary and President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has reiterated that under the new dispensation there will be a level playing field for both women and men.

In his address at the Women’s League Meeting in Harare this evening, his first under the new dispensation, President Mnangagwa assured women of an inclusive approach to all national issues as women consist 50 percent of the voting majority.

“The new dispensation is committed to ensuring that men and women are equal, to make sure women and men have an equal playing field, while other parties have looked down upon women, we are advocating for gender equality,” he said. 

President Mnangagwa reminded the meeting that hate speech like in the past should never come back again.

“The perception created by the former First Lady Grace Mugabe of hate speech before crowds should not repeat itself again,” said the President.

He also heard from the women that they did not do well in the just-ended Zanu PF primary elections and assured them that the issue will be resolved but they should vote resoundingly for the revolutionary party in the forthcoming harmonised elections.

President Mnangagwa said his government is committed to ensuring that women benefit from empowerment projects.

“My government remains resolute in ensuring that women empowerment projects are put in place. We want to ensure a per capita of income $3000 and achieve a middle class status by 2030. Let’s go out there and engage development oriented programmes in the communal areas. Politics must now take a back seat and economics should come first,” he said.

President Mnangagwa also said a preliminary report on land barons is out and soon he will expose them and the law will take its course.

“We now have a report on land barons and the law will take its course. Be rest assured that women have equal rights to own land and will be protected from those who want to dispossess them,” said the President.

On the lawlessness which has crippled the country, he said it is necessary to correct it by voting for Zanu PF councillors in the coming elections.

“As you can see the urban areas which are controlled by MDC are littered with potholes and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development with the help of Zanu PF has chipped in to help with the resurfacing of roads countrywide,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa said there shall be no glass ceilings for women and the view that women are inferior is totally unacceptable.

“My vow to you all women of Zimbabwe is that everyone is equal, both men and women are equal,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to show the world that the country’s democracy has come of age adding that the government has allowed the EU, the AU and the rest of the international community to come and observe the elections because there’s nothing to hide.