HARARE – The embattled Mount Pleasant MP, Fadzayi Mahere, has strongly criticized Sengezo Tshabangu, the self-imposed secretary general of CCC, for referring to the former Mayor of Masvingo, Shantiel Yeukai Chiwara, as “a little girl.”
Chiwara, a 25-year-old graduate with a BComm (Hons) in Banking and a student pursuing a Masters in Strategic Management, made history as the youngest and first female Mayor of Masvingo.
In a recent interview on HStvNews, Tshabangu suggested that Chiwara did not earn her position as Masvingo Mayor based on merit but insinuated that she was involved romantically with a senior CCC official.
Mahere condemned Tshabangu’s comments, characterizing them as an assault on the right of a capable young woman to lead. She emphasized that such “disgusting misogyny” should be denounced by all Zimbabweans.
“Disgusting misogyny is on display here by Mr Tshabangu. His defamatory, sexist remarks go beyond politics.
“It’s an attack on the right of a young, competent woman to lead and must be condemned by all progressive Zimbabweans.
“Mayor Chiwara @Shantiel16 is not a “little girl”. She is a banker who broke an important glass ceiling by being elected the first female Mayor of Masvingo.
“Stop scandalizing her. Stop infantilizing her. Stop harassing her for being a young woman.
“The @CCCZimbabwe is a movement that has long championed Gender Parity and has consistently stated that it’s a movement #ForEveryone – including young professional women. #16DaysOfActivism.”
Chiwara was the sole councillor recalled by Tshabangu in Masvingo in the first round of the CCC recalls in October.
Source – pindulo