Gender Commission condemned Khupe attack

By Anyway Yotamu.

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Gender Commission  has condemned the recent attack on former bMDC- T interim president Thokozani Khupe during an  extraordinary congress held in Harare.

Khupe was allegedly beaten and had insults hurled against her at the party’s elective congress at the Harare International Conference Centre by members of a rival faction in a disputed election that saw the elevation of Douglas Mwonzora to the presidency of the break-away opposition outfit.

In a statement to the media Zimbabwe Gender Commission said the attacks on Khupe will deter women from taking part in the male-dominated political arena.

“The commission noted with concern the physical and verbal attack on MDC leader…Khupe during the party’s extra-ordinary congress in Harare recently… “We are concerned with the fact that the violence was directed at an influential woman and is likely to discourage women’s participation in politics and decision making, which the commission has been actively promoting.

“Women will not equally contest in elections as long as the environment is marred with violence in all its forms,”  statement reads.

The indipendent board also said it was concerned with the targeting of women and attacks on women online which they say, is a violation of freedoms as enshrined in the constitution of Zimbabwe.

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