Amid complete silence by local women and girls representative groups over sensational rape allegations levelled against President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Women of Zimbabwe (WoZ) has taken the onus to demand the State leader’s suspension until he clears his name from the embarrassing accusations.
Australia based Zimbabwean business woman and socialite Susan Mutami recently threw the proverbial cat among the pigeons through claims she was raped in her teens by Mnangagwa.
The now 33-year-old has gone on to file a criminal report with police in Australia, drawing world attention to the State leader’s morality issues.
Local women and girl representative groups that have been vocal on many matters involving the fairer sex have kept their distance from the controversy.
However, London based WoZ has moved to demand that the Zanu PF leader be temporarily relieved of his state leadership roles pending an investigation into the allegations.
The group said in a statement, “Women of Zimbabwe calls on the Zimbabwe government to respond to the serious allegations of rape made by Ms Susan Mutami against the current sitting President of Zimbabwe on Friday, 22 July 2022 on twitter spaces.
This is a matter of national interest and must be dealt with expeditiously. We ask the appropriate office in government to suspend Mr Mnangagwa whilst these allegations are being investigated.
Sexual violence is more than just a crime against individuals. It threatens families, our communities; it threatens the entire country. It tears apart, the fabric of our communities. That is why WoZ are demanding action from the Zimbabwe government, because they have the power to do something about it as a government.
Freedom from sexual assault is a basic human right, a nation’s decency is in large part measured by how it responds to violence against women and girls, they have every single right to expect to be free from violence and sexual abuse.
These sexual assaults must stop, and perpetrators brought to justice.”