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In a few months, Zimbabweans will go to the polls to cast their vote in the first presidential election of the post-Mugabe era. One of the presidential candidates is Advocate Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T). Recently, while addressing a rally as part of his campaign, he pledged to give his sister to the incumbent president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, should he win at least 5% of the votes.
Several Zimbabweans found the statement very unsettling at best and sexist at worst. The MDC leader clearly dehumanised another human being by reducing her to an object or token to be given away as the owner pleased. He stripped a human being of her agency for his personal political expediency. When, during his recent visit to the UK, he was asked about his tasteless remark, he responded:
The MDC leader’s response to the outrage over his sexist remark is no different from Mnangagwa’s response to his involvement in the 1983 Gukurahundi genocide. Both leaders arrogantly fail or refuse to fully appreciate the impact of and take genuine accountability for their unjust actions or utterances. Both leaders fail to see how their responses do not align with the ongoing discourse on building a democratic nation, a process they both believe they can champion as the president of Zimbabwe.
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