Inonge Wina during the Inauguration Ceremony
Inonge Wina during the Inauguration Ceremony

The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has welcomed the appointment of appointment of Ms Inonge Wina as the first female Vice President of Zambia. In a statement released to the media by the Board Chairperson, Beauty Katebe, the ZNWL said that being a product of the Women’s Movement where she served as Chairperson of NGOCC and YWCA at different times, the organisation had no doubt that she will ably ensure that issues affecting women and children are addressed by the Patriotic Front Government.

Below is the full statement

The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) would like to congratulate his Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu on his election as Zambia’s sixth President in a highly contested race of 11 candidates. We applaud his effort of offering an olive branch to the losing candidates to work with him in developing the nation. Indeed his election to the Zambian Presidency is a show of the confidence that the people have in him as a leader and the Patriotic Front Party and we hope he will be able to meet their aspirations. Owing to the vast experience that he has acquired having served the nation in different portfolio, it is our hope that President Lungu and his team will deliver.

The ZNWL commends his Excellency for making history by appointing the first female Vice President of Zambia Ms Inonge Wina. ZNWL is delighted by this development especially that Ms. Wina has excelled in the PF Government where she served as Minister of Gender and Child Development and Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs. Being a product of the Women’s Movement where she served as Chairperson of NGOCC and YWCA at different times, we have no doubt that she will ably ensure that issues affecting women and children are addressed by the Patriotic Front Government. Ms. Wina is a woman of integrity with vast experience. She will do well in not only balancing the needs of all the citizens as a woman and mother, but also provide the necessary counsel and wisdom to the Presidency as she is a senior citizen. Further, Ms. Wina has shown leadership in the manner she handled the wrangles in the Patriotic Front during the run up to the presidential election where she played an instrumental role as national chairperson.

We would like to further urge the President to ensure that the eight people that he will nominate as Members of Parliament will include women, considering that there are very few women in Parliament. We are convinced that there are many able and qualified women in the country that can ably take up these positions.

Reflecting on the 2015 Presidential election, we observed that there were many issues which came out which we feel that the President should urgently prioritize and address. Among the factors that emerged and need to urgently be addressed is the issue of tribalism and regionalism, which the just ended election exposed through the subsequent voting patterns in the different parts of the country. Tribalism and regionalism should not be allowed to continue in a country which has more than 72 tribes as many people in Zambia are linked to two or more tribes either through intermarriages or have parents who come from two different regions of the country. As women and mothers, we wouldn’t want the peace we have been enjoying in the past 50 years as a country to be disturbed if tribalism and regionalism is left unchecked. We want the spirit of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ to continue prevailing in this country.
We are happy that President Lungu has identified this challenge of tribalism and regionalism and has promised to take a leading role in fighting this cancer as stated in his inaugural speech. We however would like the President to take a step further by embracing all Zambians, even those in the regions that did not vote for him in order to foster unity and peace. We call upon all stakeholders in Zambia to fight tribalism or regionalism as this has reached levels where it can no longer be ignored.

It is gratifying that the President has prioritized the enactment of the new constitution which we feel will also be an answer in addressing women’s under representation in decision making positions. We urge him to ensure that the process is expedited so that the 2016 elections are held under a new constitution.

We further thank the people of Zambia for continuing to set a shining example of a true democracy in the manner they conduct themselves during the election. We believe that all the developmental challenges we face as a nation are not insurmountable and can be overcome through collective dedication, accountability and unity of purpose.

Beauty Katebe (Ms.)
Board Chairperson

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46 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats once again mama Wina. We need more women in leadership positions. Women power !! Bwana president nakalebalika as you continue uniting our nation which has clearly been divided by the elections along tribal lines. Aluta continua !!

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    • Not impressed sorry

      This was a case of, I will do this and this for you, and he confesses and says , I will make you my VP because of your allegiance to me.

      Thanks
      BB2014

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    • What will ZAWA do since the Veep has THREE ivory bracelets as per Lozi tradition and that allowing her to wear them will embolden other Lozi women to ask their hubby to go in the forest to ‘gather’ similar bungles to those adorned by the Veep??!!

      Ba Jean Kapata, ati shani ilyo lyashi???

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    • Loser’s circle:
      Sore HH
      Jezebel Masebo
      Clown GBM
      Chipuba Munkombwe

      I wonder what they are doing at this precise moment when Zambia is making history and moving forward.

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    • Mr. Thornton said that “these elections have seemingly divided Zambia”. Tribalism will chock and chop Zambia because our elders have forgotten about the future generations. All they care for is about their bellies and leaving the entire nation suffering extreme poverty!
      Dark clouds are ahead of us.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~
      Congratulations Bo ma Inonge Wina. Tukongote Litunga Ni Lyetu!

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    • This is great news MAMA INONGE WINA…truely this is a position well deserved by my mother…God bless His Excellency Edgar Lungu for choosing to appoint her as VEEP…

      This is a remarkable move..the first woman VEEP in Zambia and one of the few in Africa…

      Anyone who dares to insult my mother I personally will locate you and drag you to the Police..

      GOD BLESS MAMA INONGE WINA…

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    • HH and his UPND must now have to use more of their brain power and not their tongue power, going forward.

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    • Will her appointment remove the starvation, flies on faces and big stomachs from children? Not at all. If she were to make any sort of impact to these children, she would hav done so when she was gender and child minister. The children are still in their same impoverished state

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    • Congrats,

      ZWD news has lost meaning and direction.

      I read something like UNPD DOG.

      Leave the barotse issue and report on your southern province news where your candidate failed to assume power to state house.

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    • Grand corruption has been taken to the centre of Government (State House) after the appointment of extremely corrupt individuals as State House officials.
      President Edgar Lungu has appointed Kaizer Zulu as his special advisor for Political Affairs and Emmanuel Chilubanama as Permanent Secretary at State House.
      Kaizer Zulu was retired in National Interest by Late President Michael Sata after recommendation from Office of the President Special Division. Zulu, according to the OP corruptly obtained favours from an Israel Company that won the tender to install a systems software at Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) called ZAMTIS. From the proceeds, Kaizer Zulu bought a fleet of trucks. When he was fired in national Interest, it means he is not fit for appointment to public office…

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  2. The appointment of Lady Inonge as Veep is the BEST thing that has happened to me today. Since I learned about it I have not ceased to be excited and I am grateful to the God of my salvation, in Christ!

    I am so delighted that I wish I had been invited to that meeting…I would have shouted the LOUDEST! Congratulations Your Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu. I pray that she will be your running mate in the next elections (under a new constitution).

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  3. We did it.Kolopa.com even in 2016.We will officially retire that joker HH the cult leader of UPND come next year.

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    • And what happens when ‘you retire’ HH?

      How will that solve the regional divide. Help H.E. Lungu do the right thing and dont cheat him out of national building by such thinking.

      The people of North Western Rhodesia have grievances that need to be addressed. They see the NE Rhodesian getting a large part of the cake from the soils and grounds and wealth of NWR.

      This regionalism does antedates HH entry on the political scene and was played out in the past through the Munukuyumba Sipalo, Humphrey Mulemba, Mongoni Liso, Nalumino Mundia and other stalwarts. Ask Kaunda.

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    • @Salamat

      It should be obvious what will happen if we retire HH.

      THERE WILL BE LESS HATERS SPREADING regionalisation and tribalism in Zambia.

      Furthermore, we need to seal the mouth of the access of all hatred in Zambia, known as UPND. To tell the truth, UPND has narrowed down to Tribalist thuggery and mindless cult followers. It’s not about Zambia for them, it’s about the charismatic Leader known as HH, BECOMING President.

      President Lungu is stepping on it and sorting this mess before it goes too far. We condemn Regionalisation, Tribalism and Commend the ending of it. HAIL LUNGU, HAIL WINA!!

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    • @Wanjelu, Simple logic is that by voting HH overwhelmingly tongas have sent a message of insecurity and tribalism to Northerners, Easterners etc. They did not come out to vote in big numbers but come 2016 they will come out and vote for anybody but HH. Ever heard about reverse psychology? Ever heard about Defensive psychology? HH got better due to-Voter turnout in 3 provinces compared to 7 provinces was very very high, Mutati, GBM, Masebo etc. did communicate and opened the doors for HH, Anti encumbency voting due to Sata’s ministers, civil servants and MPs resorted to theft, free for all. Sata is gone and a working President will not allow the status quo. The biggest stupidity of PF was hiding Sata’s illness and not having a replacement in time.

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    • The bad part of UPND is negative messages. He who digs a pit for others will surely one day fall in it. on-line supporters are confusing and putting messages of hate in the minds of people. I just can withstand the pattern of voting in Southern province as compared to other provinces. The voting is not about principle but our tribal’s man aswell. This is wrong because it is not democracy. whether PF, UPND, MMD or any other party.

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  4. Solving National or regional problems through appointments will not solve the current division in our country.

    Not even offering Inonge Wina Vice presidency will solve that problem. This is just a short term.

    What will happen when she is no long a vice President or she falls out of Lungu’s favour? We have had so many individuals appointed to high office from these provinces, but has it changed anything? We need to change the style of addressing these problems in our country.

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    • If you have nothing good to say about the good news we have received today of HE Edgar Chagwa Lungu appointing the first woman Vice president since 1964 just keep quiet. Viva Mama Wina and Long live Chagwa

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  5. I for one wish to congratulate Mr Chagwa Lungu on being elected president of this experimental laboratory concept called Zambia.
    I am proud that I have consistently voted for HH and will vote for his principles (hard work, wisdom and wealth creation) no matter what.
    Those like me from very tiny ethnic groupings who voted for HH out of sheer conviction on what he stands for must get back to our personal workstations and fight tooth and nail to survive. We have lived through adversity and we shall pull though by sheer guts despite being outnumbered. We have never depended on government appointments and handouts. It’s time to get busy and in 2016 again vote on principles of CONVICTION, HONESTY and LOVE.

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  6. This is Inonge Wina`s blessing, therefore, our duty is to rejoice with
    her. Who are we to start advicing God.

    May God bless our blessed country.

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  7. Saulosi

    Politics is about competition and when there is competition like we witnessed in the just ended election, it is good for our democracy. We benefited a lot from Michael Sata M.H.R.P when he was in opposition although people used to call him all sort of names.

    You fail to understand that this competition is good for a common man like you. So why should we Kolopa or be so provocative to the losers.

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  8. She is too old and out of touch with modern technology to hold that position. This is as good as reversing Zambia 60 years backwards. I am now convinced this this government is a waste of time. It is already showing signs of fatigue, wasting and failure from the very beginning. And how Mmembe criticize this government when his own aunt has been made Vice President?

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  9. Please advise the Veep that those ivory bangles on her arm will get her in problems in some countries. They don’t tolerate such . Otherwise she is the best choice going through what the party experienced and the role she played. Showed dependability, non betrayal, cool and firm. Without her, Kaseba could have been the presido,. as per Guys’ wish. Am getting to respect straightness in Lozis now.

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    • Hmmm…..that widow and muzungu wopusa.

      Remember how she went for a third ‘mourning’ at MC Sata grave and much to the dismay of most of us she began ranting that EC Lungu had not been anointed? Shameless widow, that Kaseba.

      A few days later, Mukamfwilwa reappeared and said she was running for Presido cause she wanted to unite the PF family. Kaseba is the elder brother of Yamba, Secretary to the Treasury and Kasese-Botha, UN Permanent reps. They now must be on the look out!

      I like EC Lungu victory as it will demonstrate that betrayal of principle is wrong and ba muselela kwakaba like Munkombwe will now thing thrice…..!!

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  10. Congrats bashemi.

    But you mean those Muvi opinion polls were not followed up with a real victory for HH? Shame on UPND; because if you can’t beat a half-dead PF, you have no chance of beating a fully-fledged one. Be ready for a formidable PF in 2016 where your tongue will have no themes: Sosala will be Chitimukulu; Constitution will be given; Nurses re-instated; Wage freeze no more; Agric sector flourishing and importantly; intra-pf divisions gone (trouble makers Masebo, GBM, Munkombwe and Scott are all yours). Be scared, very very scared. Go and hug the Muvi TV crew.

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  11. You can not have a younger president and very old vice.She wont work as much as Dr Scot did.A lady at 74 is not a joke.She already looks tired.

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  12. Hanayamba Heka
    Hati Hazawina
    Hayesa Hayesa
    Hapeza Hakangiwa
    Habwela Haluza
    Hayembekeza Halema
    Haona Hawe
    Halibe Hope
    Hayesa Hagain
    Hapeza Hedgar
    Haluzing’a Hope
    Hayembekeza Hazalema
    Huntil Hakakote
    Hakakota Hazalapila
    Hapitilila pa state House Hagain

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    • Please grow up and have respect for Hakainde Hichilema. Even after your Lungu has “won” the elections but here you’re, discriminating against a person like you. However, he’s materially richer than you. Therefore, each time you & family eat beef, shop at shoprite, Pick & pay, Game store and many hotels, remember that they derive from HHs productions.
      Please, no need to play drums (Ngoma)for you, all you need is to reflect, grow up and have respect for others.
      When will you grow up?
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  13. Salamat
    Thanks my friend. I can assure that I do not congratulate any of the two candidates who did well in the last elections. Why? because most of the people did not vote for either HH or EL based on issues and this is not good for our democracy. Strongholds should be based on issues i.e one can a have strong hold support of workers, farmers, industrialist etc depending on their policies they sell. But the current winning of elections is based on who has more numbers in his region of support.
    I interviewed most of my work mates why they supported this or that candidate to engage them in debate and non of them gave a reason. But I could tell by their names why they wanted a particular candidate. That is why on the inauguration day I went to the farm in the village where it was quiet.

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  14. I have voted for the following candidates without fear or favour:

    (1) FTJ Chiluba – change of government from one party state to multiparty.

    (2) L. Mwanawasa – I knew him to be a disciplinarian

    (3) Lupiya Banda first election because I thought he was going to continue with Levy’s policies but latter changed to Sata because I was disappointed with him.

    (4) Michael Sata was more articulate on issues although at first he did not impress me.

    (5) HH because I was not convinced with Lungu’s presentation. But if he impresses me on how he will perform this time now that he is a president I vote for him in 2016.

    You may have hard your own reason for voting for a candidate in each of the period stated above but if your vote was region I urge you to change. Good night.

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  15. Very good appointment for Lozis to feel as full shareholders of Zambia Inc.

    They’ve long been shunted and just used for power games.

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    • The post of Vice -President has been Grossly misused in Zambia. It has always been used as a reward for a favor that one has given to the President as opposed to the leadership and other qualities that one should have. A Vice President should be one who can immediately assume the office of president when it falls vacant. I doubt very much if this can be the case with Wina. Her appointment is just a temporal payback gimmick. She is too old to be President unless we want so many state …….

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  16. Quite a nasty one! It makes matters even much more complicated for HH and his team in 2016. Must these guys just retire from politics?

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  17. @ 1.1 Mushota,

    You have missed the logic.
    The thing is that leadership qualities must be identified.
    It is not merely saying do this and that for me then I will appoint you.
    There are many people who did this and that, but the VP position has gone to Inonge.
    The reason is simple – in the doing of this and that, she did so with intellect, focus, wisdom, excellency among others;
    and show exhibited great leadership in the process; this is what earned her being singled out.
    It was her outstanding intellect and leadership that isolated her from the rest who did ‘this’ and ‘that’ for Edgar Lungu.
    She did what was right for both the party and the nation.
    She is a great leader.

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  18. Congrats,

    ZWD news has lost meaning and direction.

    I read something like UNPD DOG.

    Leave the barotse issue and report on your southern province news where your candidate failed to assume power to state house.

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    • A humble appeal to PF supporters please stop commenting or talking about HH in your posts. You have won the election that’s it. What else do you want eeish. Anyway the more you talk about him the better for us in 2016.

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  19. You mean PF has no young women to fill up that job. At 74, am afraid if she will even deliver. Why give a job which is so demanding to a senile person? This is not what I expected from Edgar. Nkandu Luo is much younger even if she is the most hated individual in the Northern Province.

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    • Much younger but remember her heart is as ugly as her face. She teamed up with Sata to fight humiliate. I wonder if that bitchmama has a consious.

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