CONTROVERSIAL MP for Matebeleland South, Priscilla Misiharabwi-Mushonga, has said Zimbabwean men who are above 40 suffer ere_ctile dysfunction and were a drain to the national fiscus which is skewed towards expenditure on male c_ondoms which they hardly used.
She was contributing to Wednesday’s debate which focused on the 2018 national budget presented by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa in December last year.
In a passionate presentation, the MDC lawmaker, who is also parliament women and youth affairs committee chair, dismissed Chinamasa’s budget which she said did not prioritise women’s concerns even if though they constituted the majority.
“I brought in this house a sanitary cup. You can use it for 10 years,” she said,
“I spoke to the producers this morning and they said they can sell the sanitary cup for $6, 50. If you give it to a young girl now, she can have it for 10 years. If we put aside $6 million, Mr Speaker, we will deal with a million young women that will not ask about sanitary wear ever.”
The outspoken legislator and a vowed feminist said the national purse was inherently biased towards availing c_ondoms to men with vulnerable young women made to purchase sanitary wear.
“Why are we having c_ondoms in the budget and not sanitary wear? And yet, Mr Speaker and forgive me for this statement, for men who are over 40 years or 45 years, actually having an e_rection is almost like winning a lottery.
“It’s very difficult for a man who is over 40 years to have an e_rection. So we have c_ondoms that are actually not being used because most of these men can’t use it,” she said to laughter from fellow MPs.
It is not the first time the sharp tongued former regional integration minister has taken a go at local men or at least turned sensational in attempts to stress a point. In September last year, Misihairabwi-Mushonga claimed that 70 percent of Zimbabwean MPs were HIV positive and were taking ARVs.
On the occasion, she was debating a motion which called for a probe into rampant cases of child commercial se_xual activities in parts of Harare.
The firebrand legislator has, in the past, also brought used und_erwear into the house to show legislators that Zimbabwean women were so poor and were being so demeaned to a point that they were forced to purchase used und_erwear from the streets.
– New Zimbabwe