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Opposition MDC-T Unhappy With Composition of Gender Commission

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai has welcomed the appointment of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission saying it is dissappointing that it took the government a long time to set it up under the country’s new constitution.

The commission is chaired by former civil servant Margaret Sangarwe-Mukahanana, while Nyepudzai Nyangulu, Sibongile Chambakale Mauye, Tsungirirai Kundai Hungwe-Chimbunde, Naomi Chimbetere, Obert Matshalaga, Victor Nkiwane, Paul Kadzima and Chief Chikwizo, Peter Mawonera were appointed commissioners.

MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu said some of the commissioners were known Zanu PF apologists.

He said, “We are talking here of people who have been former members of parliament, Zanu PF members of parliament.

“We have got Dr. Paul Kadzima, the former member of parliament for Nyanga North. We have got Honourable Obert Matshagala, the former member of parliament for Zvishavane-Runde.”

Gutu added that Mrs. Margaret Mukahanana Sangarwe-Mukahanana, the chairperson, was known to have worked in the President’s Office and was at one time attached to the Ministry of Tourism as permanent secretary, while people like Nyangulu was obviously a well-known Zanu PF activist.

Gutu said they expected at least three of the commissioners to be drawn from young Zimbabweans.

He said his party will take it up with parliament.