Salvation Army appoints first Zambian woman Commander

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A Zambian woman has been appointed to serve as Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army Church in Zambia.

Colonel Margaret Siamoya ,49, becomes the first woman to be appointed to this position in the 90 years of existence of the Salvation Army in Zambia.

The Salvation Army Church in Zambia (SACZ) is delighted that Col Siamoya becomes the first Zambian woman to be appointed as Territorial Commander.

SACZ public relations officer Britius Mukombwe confirmed the appointment of Col Siamoya said in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

Captain Mukombwe said the church is happy that women in the church were breaking new grounds by taking up leadership positions to steer the growth of the church to a new level.

He said the church was sure that the ascendance of Col Siamoya to the leadership of the Salvation Army will steer the growth of the church to a new level of evangelization and providing social services to the community such as education and health services especially to the less privileged in society.

Captain Mukombwe said the ascendance of Col Siamoya is a big milestone for women not only in the Salvation Army but also to those with a similar calling in other churches.

He noted that Col Siamoya’s leadership in the church will add to the number of many women in the country and Africa as a whole who are working very hard to transform the lives of their communities.

Captain Mukombwe stated that the inauguration of Col Siamoya will be conducted on August 3, 2014 at the Salvation Army Libala Temple Hall in Lusaka.

He said Commissioner William Cochrane who is the International Secretary to the Chief of Staff for the Salvation Army International Headquarters based in the United Kingdom will officiate at the inauguration.

Prior to the appointment Col Siamoya served with distinction as Territorial Commander and President of the Women’s Ministries of Zimbabwe.

She also served as Secretary of Programmes for Zambia Territory and Divisional Director for Women’s Ministries among other leadership positions in the Salvation Army.