Former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa says her decision to contest the post of Lusaka Mayor is not a demotion.
Dr Mwanawasa who featured on a special interview on Radio Phoenix said she has always been a down to earth person who interacts very well with the grassroots.
She said her love for the ordinary person was manifested in her decision to set up and run the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative during the tenure of her late husband President Levy Mwanawasa.
The Former First Lady observed that her community efforts were sometimes overshadowed by the fact that she was living in State House.
“I am a social worker, I have been a social worker all my life and I like working with the vulnerable in society but sometimes when one is in State House, those qualities are sometimes overlooked as people only see you as the wife to the Head of State,” Dr Mwanawasa said.
Dr Mwanawasa said if elected Mayor, she would use her grass root working abilities to improve the lives of women and children.
She said coming from a legal background, she would help reenergize the revenue side of the city council by encouraging the council to venture into revenue generating activities.
“I don’t see a reason why the Council cannot buy shares in thriving businesses? The Lusaka City Council is ought to be the richest in the country and we can help realise that dream,” she said.
“I grew up from the Township so I am familiar with having to go with no water and having to go and answer the call of nature outside the house. So I want to become Mayor so that I can help our women address some of these issues,” she said.
Dr Mwanawasa revealed that she will soon be meeting officials from the Millennium Challenge Account to understand why it is taking long to operationalise the modernisation of the Lusaka water and sanitation project.
“On our agenda are meetings with several stakeholders such as the Millennium Challenge Account and the business community in the city, we want to hear from them and get to understand their challenges,” she said.