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First Lady and Zanu PF secretary for Women's Affairs, Dr Grace Mugabe, on Friday said, the wing's demand for a female vice presidency seat, is not meant to sacrifice one of the sitting deputies.

Addressing the Zanu PF Women's League National Assembly meeting, the First Lady said, pushing for the firing of one of President Robert Mugabe's deputies, would be destructive to the ruling party.

During last year's Zanu PF annual conference, the Women's League resolved that Article 7 (1) (b) of the party's constitution be amended, to reinstate the previous position that one of the two Vice Presidents and Second Secretary should be a woman.

The Women's league gave 2016 as the time frame, by which the amendment should have been effected, in anticipation of the 2019 Congress.

Dr Mugabe said, the women were only pushing for their up-lift and not for the disposition of one of the VP's.

"Your Excellency, just to put the record straight, our resolution was misunderstood and misinterpreted. The resolution was never meant to dispense with anyone.

"On this note, I wish to assure the Vice Presidents and Second Secretary Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, that you have our full support," she said.

The First Lady however bemoaned the less number of women in Cabinet, yet they constitute 52 percent of the country's population.

"This gender imbalance is man-made as there are capable women out there. Giving women more space will indeed unleash unexplored creative and innovative talents lying dormant in this critical mass," she said.

Out of 26 Cabinet Ministers, only four are women.

Speaking at the same event, Mugabe admitted that the party and government had failed to address gender imbalances but said, women should increase their participation in politics for them to be accorded the same status as men.

"Failure to recognise the phenomenon is actually denting the image of the party. Make more women join the party and get voted for, because if they are not voted for by the people, it is difficult for us to uplift women into decision-making positions," he said.

He, however, said, it is deplorable that there is still resistance to women leaders, especially in public institutions.

"There is no policy that excludes women from joining certain economic sectors. The women should be prepared to take the initiative, as much as they should be assertive, aggressive even," he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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