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The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT -

MEM­BERS of Par­lia­ment were in­au­gu­rated last week and a new Cab­i­net has been picked. The ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in the na­tion seem to be in agree­ment that these are the right peo­ple to work with the Pres­i­dent in build­ing a bet­ter Zim­babwe.

Fri­day will be recorded in history as the day that Zim­babwe made a huge leap towards gen­der equal­ity.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa proved that he is alive to the need to af­ford equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to men and women. Not only did sev­eral women land Cab­i­net posts, but at least half of the Min­is­ters of State for Prov­inces are fe­male.

This was a great step for­ward by the Pres­i­dent, con­sid­er­ing that he had a very lim­ited pool of fe­male Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to pick from af­ter only 31 per­cent of elected MPs were fe­male.

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties should take a cue from this move and amend their con­sti­tu­tions so that women get equal op­por­tu­ni­ties with their male coun­ter­parts at ev­ery level.

But as Zim­babwe moves on, some­one is find­ing it hard to do the same.

The at­ten­tion of the me­dia has got some tan­ta­lis­ing ef­fect on politi­cians, es­pe­cially young ones who are eas­ily ex­cite­able.

We saw that with Nel­son Chamisa dur­ing and af­ter the elec­tions.

How­ever, the me­dia have also moved on to more im­por­tant sub­jects and the anti-cli­max has clearly been quite de­press­ing for Nel­son. He has been des­per­ately try­ing to re­main rel­e­vant.

Nel­son has been telling any­one who cares to lis­ten that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is doomed and that he will not be able to turn around the coun­try’s economy.

Nel­son be­lieves he is the miss­ing link to Zim­babwe’s pros­per­ity.

Only a few, lit­tle-read me­dia house are still wast­ing their space on Nel­son’s in­fan­tile bit­ter­ness. They too, will soon get tired, and then Nel­son — like Jonathan Moyo — will only be left with Twit­ter to throw his tantrums.

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