Seodi gets public condemnation for abusing gender issue in defence of Ansah

A renowned gender activist Seodi White, who is chief technical director of the Public Sector Reforms in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), has been widely condemned by the public through social media from abusing gender card in defence of embattled Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah.

Seodi: Wept

Ansah, a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, is facing resignation calls from a section of the society including electoral stakeholders who accuse her of mismanaging the May 21 Presidential vote results.

At a news conference held at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre, Seodi led dozens of women –mostly ruling DPP supporters- who were seen being paid K10 000 each to shed tears for Ansah that she was being persecuted for being a woman.

Seodi has her weeping stunt, when she cried dramatically, saying  Ansah was being “humiliated, insulted and castigated”, arguing that the calls for her resignation was a gender issue.

“This is violence against women. It is a gender-based violence,” she said.

“Dr Jane Ansah will not fall. From today all women in Malawi are Jane Ansahs,” said Seodi.

But several Malawians, including women, took to social media to dismiss the narrative that Ansah is being asked to resign because is a woman, saying previously MEC has been held by a female chairperson Justice Anastasia Msosa who presided over two national elections but remained credited for doing a commendable job in managing the electoral process.

US based Malawian Silaba Mpasu took to Facebook to point out that Seodi “viciously attacked Joyce Banda [Malawi’s first female president]” and spearheaded her downfall.

“You can’t pick and choose when to wear your feminism cloak,” she posted.

Politician Hellen Chabunya also accused Seodi of “trying too hard to remain relevant.”

She wrote: “This is not a fight against a woman but the office responsible for the most fraudulent election Malawi has ever seen.”

Anita Kalinde posted that she has been a Minister of Gender and “I know what gender equality is”.

Former Malawi representative in the Big Brother Africa, Fatima Nkata dismissed Seodi.

“Don’t get it twisted. We, the people are not taking to the streets demanding that Jane Ansah steps down because she is a woman. We are protesting against Justice Ansah, chairperson of the disgraceful electoral commission and the sham of a presidential election she presided over,” who wrote.

Nkata continued: “Patriarchy as a social structure uses people like you [Seodi] to do its dirty work and perpetuate its hegemony. A typical  case of when the oppressed internalise the oppressor and become tools of their own oppression.

“No person, man or woman, should be excused from answering their actions simply because they are a man or woman.”

Another commentator  Negracious Justin argued that elimination of male chauvinism and promotion of gender equality through femele empowerment does not necessarily mean promoting female mediocrity.

“Promotion of women does not  in any way become an altar upon which substance should be sacrificed,” said Negracious who posts on Facebook under the name ‘LordDenning SC’.

Social-political commentator and journalist Idriss Ali Nassah also condemned Seodi, saying she is “recklessly” peddling the false narrative that Ansah is being targeted for criticism because she is a a woman.

Nassah said such narrative is “just shallow, vacuous an self-serving nonsense.”

He said Seodi can take her tears elsewhere, “we won’t be folled.”

Law expert and commentator Allan Ntata said is Sedi and her group has cried when people with albinism were being killed  “they would have had some credibility.”

Currently, there is tension in the country as civil society organisations, through Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), have been organising nationwide protests to force Ansah to resign for allegedly presiding over a fraudulent elections.

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Chimbwi mtuwa
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Chimbwi mtuwa

Am tired of hearing this woman called Jane Ansah , she has to resign just to clear her name , Soedi being a gendr activist does not mean she knows alot about gender than whoever out there, mind there are people who can school you well about gender violence ,this is about electoral justice not what u are trying to liar here ,how much have you been given by the dpp government ?

chataika
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chataika

Protesters kuphwanya zinthu za eni ake, za boma(zathu zomwe) wosawapanga condemn but Seodi kunena maganizo ake in defence of Ansah and all women in the country walakwitsa. koooooooma a Malawi munatani. Some were saying Trapence ndi Mtambo akuyuzidwa ndi boma u denied this lero Seodi u say wagulidwa ndi DPP shaaame. Konw that there is God who is a righteous judge of all mind u Jesus said do not judge for u not to be judged.

chataika
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chataika

……Trapence ndi Mtambo akuyuzidwa ndi opposition u denied…………..

Last Witness
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Last Witness

Dear Madame Soedi White, I know you are a gender expert. However, it is important that to respect that there other people out there who understand the meaning of gender. Gender activism is not only about women; it is not about men either; nor is it about boys only; and it does not concern solely girls! It is a holistic and universal, and must not be used selectively, for the benefit of women. The definition of gender must also look at responsibility, accountability, integrity and legislation as well as all aspects of human rights. 1. The State President appointed Jane… Read more »

Aka
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Aka

Appeal to pity approach will not stop the ridicule Jane is getting. You , Seod, are equally thieves! You want to twist the story, you are wrong and very wrong. Mbala

Lamion
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Lamion

Seodi Black you are indeed black heartered

Vulgar
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I love my concubines.

Sahara
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Sahara

Kkkkk were those real tears? They even had tissue ready. This is acting to the next level. Shame on those women!

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Sakomaso uyu…….tadya idya Ife izi. Amachita kuyitanila. Too much madzi. Aaaaa!

c chimbatata
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c chimbatata

Its better to keep quiet than exposing your stupidity stupidly in public. Please Seudi White do much home work on consultation before you start swimming in your own pool of ignorance in public. Shame on you!

Shota
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Shota

Peter must be laughing at these two of his Ex-girlfriends. Desparado Ansah and Seodi. Kuyesetsa kulandanso Gertrude agogo APM? Uhule sumaona ukalambadi eti