Zambia National Women’s Lobby has congratulated Vice-President Inonge Mutukwa Wina on being chosen to be President Edgar Lungu’s running mate in the August 11 Presidential election.
Lobby Chairperson Beauty Katebe congratulated Ms. Wina for the diligent manner she has served as Vice President.
Mrs Katebe said Ms. Wina’s clear- minded assessment of issues and humble manner she has carried herself affirms her excellent leadership skills and suitability for the latest appointment.
“In parliament, Ms Wina was a unifying factor who upheld the decorum befitting the leader of government business which earned her the respect of members of the house from both sides,” she said.
“Ms. Wina has brought to the Zambian political scene, a fresh kind of politics that is mature, rational and anchored on servitude. ZNWL is immensely proud of Ms. Wina because she has broken the glass ceiling for women’s attainment of top tier leadership positions in politics.”
She added, “We wish Ms. Wina God’s blessings and infinite wisdom as she takes-up her new portfolio and continues to raise the profile of women higher. We also congratulate President Edgar Lungu on his bold decision to pick a woman as his running mate among many hopefuls.”
Ms Katebe said it is an open secret that women’s attainment of 50 percent representation in decision making positions at all levels cannot be achieved in isolation.
“We therefore recognize the efforts of men and women who believe in the cause for gender equality and are bold enough to act on that belief when in a position to do so. We trust that the goodwill exhibited in the appointment of Ms. Wina will be extended to the selection of the candidates who will contest in the parliamentary and local government elections.”
“The August 11 general elections present a great opportunity for Zambia to bridge the gender gap and join the ranks of South Africa and Rwanda who have higher numbers of women in political decision making positions.”