Non-Government Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Executive Director Engwase Mwale expressed happiness with the decision by the Republican President to appoint Ms. Cecilia Mbewe as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly of Zambia following the retirement of Ms. Doris Mwinga.
Ms. Mwale said the NGOCC as the focal point of the Women’s Movement in Zambia applauds the decision to elevate Ms. Mbewe to Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
She said the decision resonates with NGOCC’s frequently advanced calls for the need to balance power between women and men whenever making new appointments or indeed any changes in decision making positions.
Ms. Mwale has however noted that the appointment of Ms. Cecilia Mbewe should not be one in isolation, but must be accelerated across sectors in line with Zambia’s commitment to advancing women’s empowerment and the full participation at all levels in influential positions.
The Ngocc Executive Director further stated that considering the low numbers of women in decision making positions in Zambia, it is prudent to always ensure that whenever a woman who holds a position is moved or ends their tour of duty another woman should be appointed to maintain or increase the number of women in decision making.
“This is one way which will entail Zambia meeting the 50-50 representation threshold of women and men at all levels as per the African Union and SADC Protocols on Gender as well as our own provisions in the Gender Equity and Equality Act”
“Therefore the decision to elevate Ms. Mbewe is a progressive one and also in line with the rule of fairness, in that having been the Deputy to Ms. Mwinga it was imperative that she is accorded an opportunity to execute the responsibility. It is our expectation that she will accordingly be confirmed in this position as Clerk of the National Assembly once all necessary processes and requirements are fulfilled”
“We wish to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Mwinga for her distinguished service to the country as she discharged her duties with exemplary diligence and integrity. Ms. Mwinga will go down in history as one of the great women in this country who have challenged the status core and lifted the profile of women as leaders of change.
“During her tenure the National Assembly was made accessible to the women’s movement and it is our hope that the incoming Clerk will continue from where she has left. We also wish Ms. Mbewe all the best in her new role and pledge our cooperation and full support in this regard” Ms. Mwale said