The abusive behaviour of male politicians is a matter of complaint in Tanzania involving both those who do, and those who condone. Last week, a male MP alleged that:
women MPs in Chadema were not elected for special seats positions without being called 'baby,' suggesting they got elected to the special seat positions as sexual favour.
Women Members of Parliament from the opposition had protested in Parliament about the incident on Friday morning but their efforts ended in vain as the Deputy Speaker, Dr Ackson, expelled them from Parliament's debating chamber.
It is worth noting that the slurs related to women entering parliament via reserved seats. We believe that mandating equal representation across the electorate - as we advocate must become the new norm.