——The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) in Kaputa has welcomed the appointment of Inonge Wina as the country’s first woman Vice President.
ZNWL Kaputa Chapter Chairperson, Charity Mulubwa, said the appointment of Ms Wina as Vice President is the greatest achievement the women in the country have attained since independence.
Ms Mulubwa noted that women have attained almost all the other positions in the land but had for a long time been side-lined in higher position such as Vice President and President.
She explained that women have shown everywhere that they can perform, adding that the appointment of Ms Wina has now revived the spirit of women who will work hard to ensure that the country also produces a
She added that Ms Wina now has a great task of not only delivering to the nation but also in ensuring that more and more women aspire to become leaders.
Ms Mulubwa said the current statistics of less than 20 women in parliament is not only disadvantaging women but falls short of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU)
protocols of having 50 per cent women in decision-making positions.
She said despite this, women have been elated by the appointment of Ms Wina and has since thanked republican President, Edgar Lungu, for the gesture.
The chairperson has since remained confident that Ms Wina will deliver according to the nation’s expectation.
Ms Mulubwa has further called on President Lungu to maintain the other women who were appointed in key government institutions as Stellah Libongani at Police and Roswin Wandi at the Anti-Corruption
Commission among others.
She said maintaining these women will ensure more voices for women and this will help the country in its quest to have more women representation in decision-making positions.
And Patriotic Front (PF) Chairperson, Dickson Choma, also welcomed the appointment of Ms Wina as the country’s Vice President.
Mr Choma said Ms Wina has worked so hard for the party and deserves the appointment.
He also welcomed the appointment of Davies Mwila as Minister of Home Affairs and the retaining of Jean Kapata, Alexander Chikwanda, Harry Kalaba, Joseph Kasonde and Ngosa Simbyakula as ministers in
the new Cabinet.
Mr Choma also urged President Lungu to have a balanced Cabinet by appointing people from all the ten provinces as ministers.