The Movement for Democratic Change Women’s Assembly today said it was solidly behind party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and distanced itself from those calling on Tsvangirai to step down.
In a statement, Assembly chairperson Theresa Makone said the assembly, which held its first national council meeting for 2014 today, supported Tsvangirai in achieving real change and a better Zimbabwe for all.
“As the Assembly, we are very clear and solidly behind our president. We disassociate ourselves from some statements in the public domain that are misrepresenting the facts on the life and health of our party,” Makone said.
Several senior party officials including deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma said after 15 years in office, it is now time for Tsvangirai to step down to save the party and to preserve his legacy.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Press Release from the MDC Women’s Assembly
The MDC Women’s Assembly today, held its first national council meeting for the year at Harvest House in Harare. The meeting was attended by all national executive members, provincial chairperson and portfolio secretaries.
Reports that were presented by the provincial chairpersons were a reflection that the ordinary day to day lives of the women of Zimbabwe were getting difficult every day since the massive fraud of 31 July, 2013 elections.
The Assembly noted with great concern that women of Zimbabwe continue to face serious challenges in accessing good education, employment, sexual and reproductive services including maternal health, ARVs while domestic violence and rape against women is on the increase including in the churches.
This has been caused by the collapse of political, economic social services under Zanu PF.
The Assembly condemned the partisan distribution of government food aid and agricultural inputs by Zanu PF leaving the women and their children the worst affected.
The Assembly raised concerns over the paltry allocation that was disbursed to the women in the 2014 National Budget considering that over 50 percent of the population is women. The Assembly also demands that the country’s laws are urgently realigned to the Constitution and that there is evident funding for the country’s statutory bodies.
The Assembly reiterates its support for the leadership of the MDC led by President Morgan Tsvangirai in achieving real change and a better Zimbabwe for all.
As the Assembly, we are very clear and solidly behind our President. We disassociate ourselves from some statements in the public domain that are misrepresenting the facts on the life and health of our party.
I thank you
Mrs Theresa Makone
National Women’s Assembly Chairperson