ACTING President Inonge Wina is confident that the Patriotic Front (PF) will win the 2016 general elections and continue its robust development programme for the country.
And Mrs Wina has commended the Zambia Red Cross Society for its continued efforts in alleviating the suffering of Zambians.
She said if Zambians give the PF government the support it needs, it will overcome the country’s challenges.
“We are a new Government with so many plans. It is sad we have a short time but we hope to go beyond 2016,” she said.
She was speaking in Kafue yesterday during a luncheon held in her honour.
Mrs Wina said her appointment as vice-president is a challenge as it comes at a time when the party has a short term to improve the welfare of the country.
She said Zambia continues to depend on earnings from copper production when prices from the commodity on the world market have reduced.
“Where do we get money to empower our women who have been marginalised, our peasant farmers in rural areas who need infrastructure like roads among others,” she asked.
She also attributed her appointment as republican vice-president to the work and effort of the women movement who fought hard for women to be in decision-making positions.
Mrs Wina said her appointment has had a long history of struggles for certain causes adding that she is who she is today as a result of the nurturing she received from her late husband, Arthur Wina, who was a politician and in Zambia’s first Cabinet as Minister of Finance.
Mrs Wina thanked her family who she said has struggled with her throughout her life. And Mrs Wina has commended the Zambia Red Cross Society for its continued efforts in alleviating the suffering of Zambians.
Mrs Wina, who pledged Government’s support to the Society, said the Society through its projects has saved many lives through its humanitarian works.
She was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when she officiated at the Zambia Red Cross Society national council.
“Government will continue to support the Red Society in all ways to enable it execute its selfless humanitarian works. I am aware of the unfortunate dis-continuation of Government grant but we will seriously look into this matter,” Mrs Wina said.
Zambia Daily Mail