This morning, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) conducted the In Her Own Voice radio show at Skyz Metro FM. The program was aimed at facilitating a platform for interaction between House of Assembly candidates and young women. It was also aimed at interrogating political party manifestos and how the candidates intend to influence policy shift once they are elected into office. Present during the radio program where three female aspiring Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Makokoba Constituency. These included the following: Sibusisiwe Khupe from the Movement for Democratic Change Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Ntombizodwa Mguni from Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) and Thembelihle Sibanda from Zimbabwe Democracy Union (ZDU). Young women actively participated during the radio show by sending feedback through WhatsApp messages and calling in. Young women were concerned with how the prospective Members of Parliament would address the issue of sexual exploitation in the workplace. They also questioned the extent to which the respective manifestos address the general inclusion of young women in community development. Responding to some of the questions on their community service track record, Sibanda highlighted her active involvement with the girl child in her community. Of late, she has been able to assist the less fortunate children through the payment of their tuition fees and their access to identity documents. The candidates vowed to revamp Mzilikazi Arts and Craft Centre to create employment opportunities for young women. Mguni stated how she desires to improve the clothing and the manufacturing industry of Bulawayo through advocating for the use of modern infrastructure. She also said that she will push for the revival of township tourism because Makokoba has been a tourist attraction by virtue of being the oldest suburb in Bulawayo. During the program, Khupe managed to give a brief overview of her party’s manifesto which is known as the Building an Economy to Support Transformation (BEST). She stressed on how the manifesto offers provisions for those living with disabilities in her community.
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