MDC MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga says Zimbabwean women have been severely affected by economic hardships to an extent they are now buying second-hand underwear.
BY VENERANDA LANGA
The Matabeleland South MP made the remarks on Thursday in the National Assembly while contributing to debate on a motion on people-centred developmental policies and measures on improving domestic production and foreign direct investment.
She said most female MPs were not even interested in engaging in the debate because of the humiliation they faced with regards the economic quagmire the country was facing.
“If anybody looked at what is happening in this House, they would assume it is a House of males and not necessarily females — and we need to understand why it is difficult for females to engage in this debate,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.
“We are tired of men that want to listen to their voices; men that give us no solution; men that have failed to be men because we have been reduced to women who are now buying second-hand panties because these men have failed to be the men that we knew of; the men of yesterday.”
The MP continued with her attack on men saying they all had been failures at household level as well as at national level.
“Perhaps it is time that women should start saying enough is enough,” she said.
Former Finance minister Tendai Biti outlawed the sale of second-hand underwear under Statutory Instrument 150 of 2011.
“I am told we are now even importing women’s underwear in this country,” he was quoted saying then. “How does that happen? If you are a husband and you see your wife buying underwear from the flea market, you would have failed.”
Mabvuku-Tafara MP James Maridadi also contributed to the debate saying Zimbabwe had failed to attract foreign direct investment and tourists into the country.
Maridadi said although Victoria Falls was one of the seven wonders of the world, Zimbabwe was failing to attract visitors to the resort town, who opted to see the legendary water falls from Zambia where they saw the back view which was not as good as seeing it from the Zimbabwean side.
“When you look at the Victoria Falls from the Zambian border, it is like looking at a person from behind and yet people do not want to come to Zimbabwe to look at the Victoria Falls from the front,” he said.
Maridadi said the several Cabinet reshuffles since 2013 did not help in turning around the economy, adding the firing and re-appointment of ministers had become a circus.
Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka (Zanu PF) claimed western-sponsored politics was responsible for the economic quagmire in the country.