MP calls female politicians ‘bench warmers’

Temba Mliswa

Female lawmakers in Zimbabwe criticised a male colleague after he referred to them as “bench warmers”, news site Chronicle reports.

BBC

Temba Mliswa made the comment while contributing to a debate about the welfare of war veterans, saying the 60 special seats held by female MPs had “made us lose money” and that “most of them do nothing”.

“The only thing that we have seen coming from them is having nice make up and nice wigs,” he added.

He said if women had special representation seats then people with disabilities should also have the same.

His colleagues called his comments “unparliamentary” and said they denigrated women.

Female MP Jessie Majome said, “he [ Mliswa] must not take cheap shots at women to get popular mileage. We are women MPs of this house that represent our constituencies and the men in this house are also required to represent women”.

“He must respect women because he was born by a woman. At night you look for us women, yet at Parliament you insult us. We gave birth to you,” MP Thabitha Khumalo said.

The Chronicle reported Mr Mliswa left parliament with women MPs hurling insults at him.

12 Comments

  1. this tabitha seems to be suggesting that she is a lady of the night

  2. Hahaha but well said Mliswa.

  3. Hahaha zanu is playing with peoples minds, there are some serious accusations like corruption not this silly accusation and what makes you think Kasukuwere will be convicted when they failed Chombo and company.

  4. Hahaha zanu is playing with peoples minds, there are some serious accusations like corruption not this silly accusation and what makes you think Kasukuwere will be convicted when they failed Chombo and company.

  5. Die roten

  6. Partly very true.

  7. Remotely, Mliswa has a point that is likely to be misrepresented in this delicate balancing act.

  8. Truth being told. Vangazvirambe havo asi ichokwadi.

  9. Thabani ncube

    This is unaceptible . Utter missygyny , sexist , , patriarchal , satanic . . We need to support our women . what this lawmaker did was toxic masculinity culture in mant of our conservative nation . we man benefict a lot when our mothers sisters are empowered … It has been proven in recerch …. as a guy i stand for my sisters #heforshe …#himforher #womeninleadership ….weman are people too. As a chrisuan man my bible says god made women in his image the same way he made men in his image …. If god values women soooooo much he made them in his image then why are we degrading them

    1. No offense….but truth has to be said, irregardless of gender, sex, race and whatever affiliation one belongs to. Empowering women is not a bad idea but empowering people who don’t know what to do with the power is the worst thing any one can ever do. It is also utterly absurd to say we can benefit a lot from empowering women who do nothing with the empowerment. And stating the obvious is not an insult, my brother, whilst supporting a wrong is. 95% of the women legislators have done nothing but sit in parliament and we cant accept that just because they r women. Nobody degraded anybody, there was just the stating of facts

  10. Temba Mliswa… is the man

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