Zim’s New Cabinet: An Open Letter to Mr R.G Mugabe

Understanding why only three women made it into the Zanu PF cabinet: a thought-provoking guide….
disclaimer: I also felt my emotions twisting and burning within me as i read this.

by Kudakwashe Chitsike

Dear Mr President,

I read with concern an article in one of the newspapers, which reported that you defended your decision to appoint only three women to Cabinet by saying that Zimbabwean women are uneducated and do not have the intellectual capacity to take up office. The newspaper quoted you directly as having said the following: “Give us the women. This time we did proportional representation; there were just not enough women. Women are few in universities.” Is this really true, Mr President? I have always regarded you as a progressive man, and I am having a hard time believing that these were your words. Perhaps the media misunderstood you, or just deliberately misconstrued your statement. The private media is very mischievous, isn’t it?

You have been the president, and therefore boss of this country for more than 30 years, overseeing everything that happens in your government…

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