Zifa ac­cused of vi­o­lence against women

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

A LEG­IS­LA­TOR has ac­cused Zifa of vi­o­lence against women for al­legedly ill-treat­ing the Mighty War­riors by giv­ing them a pal­try $5 each af­ter their par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Rio Olympics in Au­gust.

Con­tribut­ing dur­ing a par­lia­men­tary de­bate last week on ac­tion to end vi­o­lence against women and girls as part of this year’s 16 Days of ac­tivism against gen­der based vi­o­lence, Souther­ton MP Gift Chi­manikire (MDC-T) said the treat­ment that the Mighty War­riors re­ceived from Zifa and even the na­tion as a whole was tan­ta­mount to vi­o­lence against women.

“Even the way we are treat­ing the Mighty War­riors, our own women foot­ballers, that is vi­o­lence against women. They go and play at Olympics. Af­ter play­ing foot­ball dur­ing the Olympics we give them $5 each, what is that Mr. Speaker? Zifa has also to be ad­vised that it is vi­o­lence against women. That has to stop,” said Chi­manikire.

This year’s 16 Days of Ac­tivism from Novem­ber 25 up un­til De­cem­ber 10 runs un­der the theme ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world — make ed­u­ca­tion ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able for girls and end vi­o­lence against women and girls’.

Early this year, the Govern­ment promised to avail 30 res­i­den­tial stands to the Mighty War­riors for qual­i­fy­ing for the 10th African Women Na­tions Cup fi­nals now un­der­way in Cameroon.

“From our side as Govern­ment we have de­cided that in the ab­sence of cash which is dif­fi­cult given the con­straints within our fis­cal space, we are go­ing to go kind. And I can an­nounce now that we have put to­gether here in Harare to­day 30 res­i­den­tial stands for the Mighty War­riors.

“And (Philip) Chiyangwa is go­ing to take over from me. I have al­ready told him the de­tails he is aware of what is sup­posed to be done so that dur­ing the course of this week each one of you (Mighty War­riors team mem­bers) is shown their stand.

“That’s the Govern­ment’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what the girls have done,” Sport and Recreation Min­is­ter Makhosini Hlong­wane was quoted in April.

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