VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says the Patriotic Front (PF) will ensure gender balance in the selection of parliamentary candidates to contest seats on the ruling party ticket in this year’s general elections.
And Mrs Wina was yesterday treated to a rousing welcome by PF enthusiasts at the party secretariat in Lusaka, where she went to address them.
Mrs Wina told journalists shortly before addressing a horde of cadres that the PF will ensure gender balance when time for selecting parliamentary candidates comes.
“We want gender balance when we start looking for candidates to contest parliamentary seats as well as other portfolios,” Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President said she went to the PF secretariat to encourage party officials to sensitise people on the need to vote.
“We want our officials to educate people on the importance of voting. People must understand that participating in an election is one way of strengthening democracy,” she said.
Mrs Wina, who is also PF vice-president, said the PF leadership wants the party to remain united and to continue recruiting new members.
“I am here to engage our party members and to encourage them to continue with mobilisation so as to consolidate the party structures because there have been a lot of movements into the party,” Mrs Wina said.
Meanwhile, PF enthusiasts gave Mrs Wina a thunderous welcome when she arrived at the party secretariat at 14:30 hours.
Her security detail was upped as scores of cadres cheered and sang songs of solidarity.
PF secretary-general Davies Chama and his deputy, Mumbi Phiri, welcomed Mrs Wina.
PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya was also present.
After greeting the senior party officials, Mrs Wina proceeded to greet women who were singing, much to their excitement.
Mrs Wina later held a closed-door meeting with the party officials.