Muchinguri urges women to celebrate her appointment

Muchinguri urges women to celebrate her appointment
Published: 12 September 2018 (126 Views)
NEWLY-appointed Defence and War Veterans Affairs minister Oppah Muchinguri has pleaded with women to celebrate her historic appointment while promising to be equal to the task of managing a key ministry and being the chairperson of Zanu PF at the same time.

Muchinguri, who is a member of the Zanu PF presidium by virtue of being party chairperson, made history by becoming the first woman to preside over the Defence ministry.

Her appointment to the ministry also comes at a time President Emmerson Mnangagwa is under fire from women's groups for appointing only six women in his 20-member Cabinet.

"A woman's touch is always different and if you see there are all men at the top and I know women are looking up to me to ensure there is a gender balance across the board," she said in an interview at State House on Monday during the swearing-in ceremony.

"This is not new to me and I have been at the helm of the women's league and I have also been at the helm of the Women's Affairs ministry which is a task and half. Fifty-two percent of the population is female and I being at the helm is a lot of work.

"Considering the journey that we have travelled as women, this is really a drop in the ocean. I am a war veteran, militarily-trained and I was a commander, and so this is not new."

Muchinguri promised to improve the welfare of war veterans.

"As the economy grows, that will also open opportunities for war veterans. I am also looking at land redistribution and mining because war veterans really deserve the share," she said.

Meanwhile, Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima said the government was looking at developing school infrastructure and electrifying all schools in the country.

He said there was no looking back on the new curriculum and that the government hopes to help schools which are struggling with materials.

Mavima said they intended to build 2 000 more schools and the current supply of teachers will not meet the demand, hence the need to tap into the bulk of unemployed teachers.

- newsday

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Christianity and the Curse of the Papa Generation

by Robert Sigauke | 16 February 2019 | 102 Views

Tribute to 'Save' the late Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai

by Leonard Koni | 16 February 2019 | 90 Views

Zimbabwe shelves plans to join Africa Continental Free Trade Area

by newzimbabwe | 16 February 2019 | 107 Views

Jacob Mudenda caught offside

by Kucaca Phulu | 16 February 2019 | 99 Views

Charles Mungoshi dies

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 78 Views

Zimbabwe sanctions made in MDC-Alliance

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 83 Views

Mnangagwa for Mwenezi 'Thank You' rally

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 76 Views

Foreigners, NGOs outed on demos

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 79 Views

GNU with Tsvangirai talk is Chamisa's imagination, says Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 79 Views

Man for wearing army uniform

by Staff rpeorter | 16 February 2019 | 80 Views

'Dead' protester Kaitano jailed

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 75 Views

US told to stop lecturing Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 69 Views

Swine Fever outbreak hits Zimbabwe

by STaff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 51 Views

'Mnangagwa invite a step in right direction'

by Tendai Mugabe | 16 February 2019 | 74 Views

Magistrate fired

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 73 Views

MDC councillor still holed up in SA in the wake of army crackdown

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 78 Views

Man beats up police officers, throws plate of sadza at them

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 81 Views

BCC ordered to stop mining activities

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 75 Views

Zifa to bring Warriors games to BF

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 73 Views

Zanu-PF slams US big brother mentality

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 75 Views

'Expelled' FOG members take founder to court

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 42 Views

Granny killer sentenced to death

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 37 Views

Jonathan Moyo lawsuit crumbles

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 42 Views

Salad cream intercepted at border

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 44 Views

Perm sec's wife arrested at Supa's trial

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 36 Views

MDC Alliance senator for Hwange acquitted

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 29 Views

Mnangagwa ducks CEO Africa roundtable

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 32 Views

Beitbridge refuse collection worker crushed by truck

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 33 Views

Mugabe's top cop sued over $167,000 electricity debt

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 37 Views

Zimbabwe moots stop and search roadblocks

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 36 Views

Thomas Mapfumo claims $1,2 million defamation damages

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 45 Views

Research key to economic development: Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 32 Views

Lightning strikes family, kills mother

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 38 Views

Mnangagwa sued over NPRC lifespan

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 35 Views

Chamisa 'the chosen one' ring-fences presidency

by STaff reporter | 16 February 2019 | 35 Views