Governance Activist, Isaac Mwanza, says it is hypocritical for some people to call former First Lady Christine Kaseba names following her expression of interest to contest for the PF presidency.
Mr. Mwanza has told QFM News in an interview that he has no doubt that Dr. Kaseba is capable of running the office of president.
He says Dr. Kaseba needs the support of every man and woman especially at such a time that she has to battle against some ancient traditions and old beliefs.
Mr. Mwanza, who is also Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Governance Advisor, is of the view that Zambians should not trivialize the mourning that Dr. Kaseba is going through and use her declared readiness to stand for President as a sign of not mourning her late husband.
He says Dr. Kaseba is a brave woman and that Zambians should praise her for setting a high bar and challenging the country’s beliefs and attitudes.
Mr Mwanza adds that even as the men go to campaign to succeed President Sata, they should conduct issue based campaigns and not discriminate against Dr. Kaseba on the basis of the period of time she is mourning her late husband.
He says everyone is mourning in the nation and there must be no reason to only ask one woman to be bound by traditions that she cannot come out and participate in political activities of the country, while other men that are mourning are doing so and using the name of late President Sata to ascend to power.
Mr Mwanza has since called on women; girls and women organizations to give the former first lady the support she might need and take her action as a step towards fighting the ancient traditions that made women look inferior while promoting men’s interests.