Makoni lambasts parties for using women, girls

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Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) leader Simba Makoni yesterday castigated political parties for using women and young girls for their political gains.

Commemorating the International Womens Day (IWD) in Harare, Makoni said he was worried to note that some political parties were using women by making them perform erotic dances and to denigrate other political parties.

The theme for IWD celebrations is Empower Rural Women End Hunger and Poverty.

Makoni, who addressed hundreds of people mostly women at Zimbabwe Hall in Highfield, said: I am concerned by the way other women are being made to gyrate for their parties.

Those dances are not part of our culture; seeing old ladies old enough to be grandmothers dancing like that is quite disturbing. It tarnishes the image of the country. In our party we agreed that there shall not be such dancing.

Makoni also denounced the abuse of the young girl nicknamed Senator Samantha who launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the 21st February Movement Gala in Chipinge last Saturday.

I also watched the 21st February movement gala. How can a young girl attack someone as old as her grandfather (Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai). That is the abuse we are talking about, Makoni said.

Speaking at another occasion to mark IWD, United States ambassador Charles Ray said women now enjoy the right to education, healthcare and inclusion in the workplace and society.