Nawakwi addressing the Press at Sherbourne Lodge in Kitwe. To her immediate right is William Wilima and to her immediate left is Caphes Musonda the two MMD defectors.
Nawakwi addressing the Press

Opposition Forum for Democracy and development President Edith Nawakwi has called on the traditional leadership in the country to promote peace as political parties.

Speaking when she addressed Village Head men in Sinda District Eastern Province Ms. Nawakwi said traditional leaders play an important role in maintaining peace in the country hence the need for them to ensure that they do not condone political violence in their areas.

The opposition leader further called on traditional leaders to avoid being partisan and ensure that all political parties are given a chance to explain to the electorate in their areas what they would do for them once voted into office.

She encouraged the traditional leaders to intervene whenever the police are used to frustrate the opposition by the ruling party so as to give every party an equal footing.

Ms. Nawakwi said traditional leaders where an important component in maintaining peace and among political parties as their subjects will always do what their leaders tell them.

And the opposition leader has charged that men have failed the country and that it is high time the nation rallied behind a woman to rule.

Ms. Nawakwi said for 50years the country has had men for president and has nothing to show for it but escalating poverty.

Ms. Nawakwi pleaded with the nation to vote for a her (woman) in 2016 and give her just 5 years and see what she is capable of.

She lamented that 50 years of men’s rule after independence mothers are still giving birth on the floor at the country’s highest Referral hospital.

She charged that the country’s agriculture sector has been ruined such that areas which used to be food baskets for the nation such as Eastern and Southern Province are no longer able to produce even for just their provinces.

The opposition leader is in Eastern Province to launch campaigns for the 2016 general elections.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Madam Nawakwi, stop being sexist. Women must be voted for, not because you’re tired of voting for men but on merit. Powerful women in the name of Mizinga Melu and Margaret Mwanakatwe have done wonders in the Banking and Finance sector not because they are women but because they have worked so hard to be where they are. So you will need to stop singing praises about Sata and work on building your party.

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    • If we had a credible woman who would inspire the nation and have a vision and manifesto into which the nation would buy into, yes we certainly would vote for that woman. As of now, sorry to say there isn’t a credible woman and even from the men folk, the credible ones are either in very small parties because of their ego’s cant work within some party and rise through the structures.

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    • Nawakwi only if the nation had not given you a chance to serve before had you made sense with these sentiments. recall that you were at the center of the yellow maize saga. Therefore, you are not the right person to talk about failing the nation since you have failed this nation before.

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    • Miss Nawakwi or mrs Mudenda women are allowed to contest elections in Zambia.You have a right to contest as well.I don’t see any hinderance if you are hard working and trustworth to be president.But I have a problem with your leadership style and your patriotism to your tribesmen and hate for other leader from other tribes.Dont think that you will fall in the same trap like PF who have a Bemba led cabinet and the intere foreign service.As a mother I urge to lead beyond tribe.Personaly you are hard working and a good citzen its only that thing that I have highlighted.

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  2. She very right
    WE abroad will vote for her
    She is a mother
    She knows what she talking about.

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  3. Both Men and women have failed us, i see no reason that we should the blame game on Men, Nawakwi was in Government and in Cabinet for about Ten years and what did she do to point as her success. This has been the practice in every Government with i.e. Masebo, Gladys Nyirongo, Ngandu Luo, etc.. but what singular success can we point at?

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    • YES: HH can manage the country only if his choice of cabinet will involved young men with integrity and not recycled politicians within UPND and those he may borrow for PF, UNIP, MMD. Starting anew yes, we shall support him. if he starts bringing people like M..no please

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  4. You vote for her so she can come and insult the all men I have heard her do yo late President Chiluba in public this girl has no respect for elders and other people’s husband’s. Edith you think we forget just like that? .

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  5. people, a woman is to be ruled said the bible, we can’t change what God has said. the moment we do that we are doomed, i don’t care how smart she is, she has to be ruled.

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    • YES: A woman with Integrity but who in zambia. carlington maize scandal-no please, husband grabbers no, zamtroop funds transfers no, Some credible one are involved in prostitution–so not a woman in zambia in the 100 years

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  6. Then show some real leadership and join a serious party instead of your own little show

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  7. What? am i dreaming? Carrington maize scandal? Secrete transfers of funds to some Congolese pretending to be an investor? Being beaten by a boy friend because of marriage interference and the list goes- should such women lead us? I guess any experimenting must be based on merit. Maybe we should experiment on getting a male president from another region such as Western could help. Or better still, getting a billionaire like Miliupi or HH or Bwalya could help us see light!

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  8. which HH a u talking about? Ist the one that stole privatisation funds, the one that fed zambians with beef containing high grade aromatic alderhyde and formalderhyde or there is a new HH since these are just initials. If its the earlier, pliz stop joking with serious national matters.

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    • @Tony Blair, you started the Gulf war and look how easy you find it to lay blame on others. You have insisted on people going to court if they have any evidence. Similarly, instead of making wild accusations why dont you take HH to court. Previous governments, including the current one, have all tried nail HH for the kind of misinformation you are peddling and have failed to secure a conviction. So, please, stop going about misinforming people on issues you dont have full data. HH may have been part of the team liquidating Zambian assets but that was done above board.

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    • aMfumu mwanena va zoona… I was advising someone to run to dpp or Mmembe with the proof that HH stole instead of sitting on their laurels. I mean if I had that proof I would have been someone in government knowing how vindictive Mmembe and Nchito are. So Tony Blair you are free to go and give evidence instead of just speculating; us bloggers can’t help you at all. Let the young man be, I am also envious of his wealth but I don’t hate him for that.

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  9. Actually Nawakwi is just campaigning for herself to be president, there is no way she can talk for other women. It could be true that she had expected Sata to appoint her vice president and eventually take over as president but her plans were thwarted.

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  10. When Edith had an opportunity to be a leader and show what she was capable of we saw what she did. Carlington Maize Deal, Grabbed another woman’s Husband, Abandoned her ‘sponsor’ through life, Flew a boyfriend at great cost to Paris etc Danced in parliament chanting ‘Kaunda al lala’ at the butchering of a constitution now she wants our votes!. With such a record what more if she rose to the highest office in the land? We don’t need a woman at No. One just because she is a woman. We need a person with a vision, integrity and solid enough to lead our nation out of this maze of poverty. Besides there are more women registered voters why don’t they vote for their own? Its because no one has impressed them enough.

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  11. ONLY HOPE SHE IS NOT MISTAKING HERSELF THAT SHE CAN BE PRESIDENT BECAUSE SHE DID ALOT OF HARM TO SOME PEOPLE AT INDENI WHEN SHE WAS MINISTER AND SHE MUST TELL THE PEOPLE HOW SHE BOUGHT THE HOUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WHO IS OCCUPYING IT

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  12. TROUBLE IS IF THOSE WOMEN CAN’T EVEN KEEP A MAN WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THEY WILL KEEP A COUNTRY OF THIRTEEN MILLION MEN AND WOMEN. MAYBE THAT WOMAN WILL BE HAVING PER!ODS EVERYDAY WHEN THE SITUATION GETS OUT OF PANTS. MAYBE, LET’S ASK MISS BANDA IN MALAWI.

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  13. Women who are in power in most cases are difficult to associate with subordinates, especially fellow ladies. I carried out a survey in some schools in Lusaka where women are head teachers. The responses that I got from female teachers showed that they prefer male to be their head teacher than a female because of a number of reasons they hinted to me. Female leaders in most cases feel that they are intimidated, hence developing a hard skin around them. I don’t know if it is frustration from home.

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  14. You do not rule on the basis of gender. Intelligence is not a preserve for any gender. A woman just like a man has to prove her worth. So Madam, forget, we wont vote for you because you are a woman. In the world there have been successful men as well as women. Malawi, next door had a disastrous woman president in the name of Joyce.

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  15. No with women to be president because most of them are not sympathetic. See what happened at Roma girls where the Catholic nun was kicked like a ball because of the same thing failing to sympathize with the teacher! They transfer home frustration to work or frustrations because they lack a marriage and in the process transfer their frustrations to the subordinates!!

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