Vice-President of Zambia Inonge Wina delivering a lecture at Columbia University in New York on 11 March, 2015. PHOTO | ZAMBIA UN MISSION | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA
Vice-President of Zambia Inonge Wina

Vice President Inonge Wina says Zambia should pick a leaf from the peaceful transition of power in Nigeria ahead of the 2016 General Elections..

The Vice President who attended the inauguration ceremony of Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria says the peaceful manner in which power has been exchanged in Nigeria is a sign that democracy is maturing in Africa.

ZANIS staffer Mathews Musukwa reports from Abuja, Nigeria that Mrs. Wina stressed that as Zambia goes to the polls in 2016, politicians and citizens should conduct themselves peacefully to ensure peaceful election as always.

She said the peaceful transition of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to his successor Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria is a good lesson to the entire continent of Africa to ensure that transition of power is conducted peacefully without either of the parties involved fighting or disagreeing to hand over power.

“This is really an encouragement to the African continent and its governments. I think the whole world is delight that the transition of power has been conducted peacefully and these are signs that Africa is maturing in entrenching democracy on the continent because you remember in the past it was always a challenge whenever the new government took over the reins of power,” Mrs. Wina remarked.

The Vice President said this shortly after witnessing the swearing in of Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria and his Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who is his running mate.

She commended the outgoing president for participating in all the activities at the inauguration ceremony and for handing over the instruments of power to his successor peacefully.

She expressed confidence that the newly inaugurated President will address challenges such as youth unemployment and killings by Boko Haram among others which the people of Nigeria are facing.

And President Muhammadu Buhari said that his government would ensure that the violent religious sect, Boko Haram is totally defeated, while also acknowledging the helping hands offered the country by neighbouring countries such as Chad, Cameroon and Niger in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

President Buhari noted, shortly after his swearing in at the Eagle Square on Friday , that while progress has been made by security forces in the fight against the insurgent group in recent weeks, the fight was far from being over noting much need to be done.

He explained that victory cannot be attained by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja directing that the command Centre would be relocated to Maiduguri and remain there until Boko Haram is completely subdued.

The newly sworn in President further pledged his commitment to rescuing the Chibok Girls who were kidnapped on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram.

“We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents. Government will do all it can to rescue them alive,” Buhari remarked.

Buhari described Boko Haram as a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of and stated that at the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued his government would commission a sociological study to determine its origins, its sponsors, remote and immediate causes of the movement plus the international connections in order to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of the insurgence.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Madam Veep, I thought Nigeria is actually the country that has taken a leaf from Zambia

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    • Imagine! It’s like we are ruled by *****s who don’t think before they speak.Ati Zambia should pick a leaf from the peaceful transition of power in Nigeria? And don’t forget you are paying this dull old fool.

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    • I also wondered if she was compelled to say something, when in fact she had nothing to say?

      She is totally wrong here.

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    • Inonge is guilty of how PF treated Guy Scott. What she remember is that PF are not real Zambians, the Zambians are those who do nothing even if PF could only come up with a drunken Lungu. Zambians are the most peaceful humans ever walked Africa.

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    • Please Mama Wina?? This is an insult to Zambians? we are the most democratic country in Africa, have exchanged power more than Nigeria and other countries, peacefully.. What the hell you tell us to pick a leaf??

      Why do we Zambians always think others are better than us? it is a shame that the whole Vice President would talk like this?? is it just about vomiting nonsense??

      Guy Scott during his tenure on BBC clearly declared that Zambia is the most mature democracy, in Africa, with Multiracial Ministers than even South Africa.

      Reverse your statements as this is not true. ZANIS you are also very dull. Why didn’t you correct our VP?? You just write any Rubbish??

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    • Mama Inonge, please impress upon your PF to respect the opposition. They are not enemies as Mumbi Phiri and Davies Chama say. Stop the violence from PF cadres. These are simple thing you can do to leave a legacy of being the first female Vice President of Zambia

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    • Limbi nabakotesha ba ntambalukuta wa chibili. Zambia sets the example in Africa then others follow. We were the first to remove a sitting govt peacefully in 1991 when old KK PEACEFULLY and through the ballot (NOT THE BULLET) handed power to Chiluba. Then to dispel any doubts that we are peaceful we did it again with Kabwalala Rupiah |Banda. We might do it again with HH taking over from Lungu in 2016

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  2. The plight of the citizens should always take centre stage and not self centredness, the Burundi style.

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  3. Madame Veep! Sometimes it is best to just stay quiet if you have nothing to say. One would think Zambia has had no peaceful transitions when in-fact, we have made history in Africa.

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  4. This is an ominous statement. She understands what she’s talking about. Bwezani ma jameson ku Chawama peacefully.

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  5. Politicians always got empty speeches whilst sizing the minds of the audience. No wonder the all worldwide is falling apart when it comes to leadership.

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  6. Nigeria took a leaf from the manner has conducted herself during and after election. This woman should have just kept quiet other than exposing her shallow mind. Was she really serious about what she said or she simply has so bad memory? Ati the vice president of Zambia, chabulanda saana!

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  7. I ve always said it! This old woman is extremely dull, now she has exposed herself! How many times have we had peaceful transitions! She would have done herself good if she had kept quiet if she had nothing to say instead of embarrassing herself, Lungu and PF Govt. It could be she is so dull and she knows nothing about Nigerian politics or international politics in general and she has ended up as our Veep! What a government of clowns!

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  8. Only thing you can learn from Nigeria is thievery on a grand scale,mismanagement and violent strife.

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  9. I though this woman had some brains, we need exams before appointment for some of these pip

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  10. Her excellence madam Wina’s blunder statement is a good example of how poorly Zambians view themselves. Our people are so much embroid in self pity cladding a poor self image. Zambia needs to celebrate some of their successes. Life shouldn’t always be about complaining and whining. We need to celebrate our achievements even the most basic. ..

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