Political analysts say the bold move by members of the Zanu PF Women’s League to nip indiscipline and corruption in the bud is testimony of women’s desire to create a woman leadership personality that has integrity, is of astute standing and fit for office.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, “In politics, if you want anything said ask a man, if you want anything done, ask a woman.”
On Wednesday, members of the Zanu PF Women’s League demonstrated across all the country’s 10 provinces and spoke with one voice over their displeasure with what they termed unbecoming behaviour by Women’s League Deputy Secretary, Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo and Finance Secretary, Cde Sarah Mahoka.
The move has since been labelled as a bold and decisive symbol of how women need fellow women to behave when thrust with leadership roles.
“When one is entrusted with a leadership position, they must lead by example and the decision taken by women not to sweep the dirt that was accumulating under the carpet, must be commended as it breeds a culture of non-tolerance to mediocrity,” a political analyst, Mr James Makiya said.
“While women empowerment has been a well sought for agenda, those selected into leadership positions must therefore remember that they stand as examples of how women must execute their task to serve and never to enrich themselves through unscrupulous means,” another political analyst, Mr Elton Ziki said.
Kadoma-based political analyst, Dr Augustine Tirivangana weighed in saying those handed leadership roles must therefore create confidence among fellow women and the generality of Zimbabweans that they can equally deliver mandates expected of them.
In petitions handed over to various leaders in the provinces for onward transmission to the Secretary for Women’s Affairs in the Zanu PF Politburo and the party’s leadership, the demonstrating members accused Cde Sandi Moyo and Cde Mahoka for undermining the authority of the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, misappropriating funds and disrespecting the party’s leadership.
Meanwhile, women in leadership positions and gender activists say women leaders and those aspiring to land top posts are facing barriers caused by the male structured society.
The women activists believe that despite women constituting 52 percent of the country’s population, they still face a multitude of challenges in their aspirations land top posts such as cultural discrimination, lack of access to finance and poor education.
Top businesswoman and SafAIDS Executive, Mrs Tariro Makanga Chikumbirike said some women, after being appointed to top positions through affirmative action, forget the attributes of good leadership by pulling down others, overriding authority and failing to respect seniors.
“Such scenarios put a negative tag and stigma on all women who aspire to lead,” she said.
Business women and activist, Nyaradzo Mavindidze said the recent developments in the Zanu PF Women’s League show that the few women who rise through affirmative action sometimes abuse their superiors and forget protocol.