Kuwadzana Member of Parliament, Nelson Chamisa, says the government needs to do more to empower women in the country.
Speaking at a handover of sewing machines to a women’s sewing club in Kuwadzana on Thursday, Chamisa, who is the area’s legislator and Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, said government must work towards the development of women in the country by launching programs and projects that uplift their livelihoods.
Mr. Chamisa said Zimbabwe lags behind globally because few concrete steps have been taken to promote the development of women.
Loice Dube, a member of the women’s club that received sewing machines from the legislator, said she is grateful for the machine that Mr. Chamisa provided.
Mrs. Dube said the machines will boost the production of local clothing, which in turn will bring more revenue that will help improve the lives of club members.
Mr. Chamisa said sewing machines will help Zimbabweans “eat what they kill,” a phrase he used to indicate that people should utilize the resources available to them. “So, for example, because cotton is abundant in the country and most people cannot afford to buy imported clothes, women can benefit by making and selling clothes.”
Mr. Chamisa said he purchased the sewing machines using the government’s Constituency Development Fund. The fund provides each lawmaker $50,000 for development programs in the MP’s constituency.
The Ministries of Finance and Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Commission, are currently probing a number of unnamed parliamentarian for allegedly misusing the fund.