Chiwanza urges women empowerment

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Members of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) last week put aside their differences when they came together at an end-of-year party.

After a tumultuous year that resulted in power struggles and ultimately led to the resignation of the Supa Mandiwanzira executive, AAG chief executive officer Davison Gomo emphasised need for the membership to stay united.

AAG provinces passed a vote of no confidence on the Mandiwanzira-led executive after accusing it of accumulating wealth at the expense of the group.

Businessman Chamu Chiwanza spoke passionately about the need to include more women and the disabled community in issues to do with the economy and indigenisation.

“Women are the biggest consumers of products on earth, with a growth market share bigger than China and India put together, spending way above $20 trillion per annum,” said Chiwanza.

Sources told NewsDay at the meeting Chiwanza, who is seen as Phillip Chiyangwa’s right-hand man, was the favourite to take over the AAG presidency when elections are held early next year.

The meeting was also attended by fitness trainer-cum-politician Temba Mliswa.