NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale
NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale
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

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  1. This woman does not make much sense. I don’t see why she sounds so excited as if this woman replaced a man. She should just have said it clearly that wa kwatu.

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    • There is no wa kwatu issue here – just plain meritocracy. Ms. Cecilia Mbewe is formerly Cecilia Nsenduluka and has the necessary credentials for the position of Clerk of the National Assembly.

      Ms. Mbewe has spent virtually her entire career at the National Assembly and has the following qualifications: BA Ed, LLB, (UNZA), LLM in International Taxation and Treaties (USA), Certificate in Legislative Drafting, Certificate in International Legislative Drafting, Certificate in Advanced Programme on Human Rights, Diploma in Legislative Drafting (ZIALE), Law Practice Certificate (ZIALE), Advocate Of The High Court Of Zambia (AHCZ), LPQUE Certificate.

      She is the younger sister of the Minister of Religious Affairs, Godfrida Sumaili. Her family is from Mporokoso in Northern and not Eastern…

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    • Retired or forced to retire? Constitutional retirement age for such officers has gone up.

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    • Northerners or Wakos, it is same same. They are the new tribal lords who are eating with both hands while castigating other Zambians. Just look at the names and relationships. It is like the rest of Zambia are uneducated and inexperienced.

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    • Facts well that is NOTHING compared to what I have.

      So she can kiss my backside for all I care

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • NGOs for Lungu~Mwale & Mbewe.

      How much is mealie meal & electricity?

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  2. Niwako niwako still going strong kikikiki! Akolongosi lomba niye a Clerk aku National Assembly.

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    • A new list of workers at National Assembly:

      Motorola Phiri
      Voicemail Lungu
      Celtel Banda
      Gearbox Zulu
      Simcard Mbewe
      Topup Tembo

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    • What about:
      ~Treason Lungu
      ~Treacherous Lungu
      ~Tyrant Lungu, and
      ~PFake Lungu?
      Sounds like the Lungu clan has a long list of beatification names to choose from for their grandchildren and extended family.

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    • Buck teeth Lungu there are no terrifying names like you have mentioned from eastern province, only from southern province can you get such names, for instance Gangster Hatembo!

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  3. This is very good but again you people the President should not even appoint people from his region just because you will say ‘wako ni wako? ‘If Ms. Cecilia Mbewe is qualified in that position ‘amen’ to that. The appointment that has not pleased me is that of the retired Dickson Chasaya as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission. When are the young people going to work? Is this country short of vibrant young people to take up such positions?

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  4. There is no wa kwatu issue here – just plain meritocracy. Ms. Cecilia Mbewe is formerly Cecilia Nsenduluka and has the necessary credentials for the position of Clerk of the National Assembly.

    Ms. Mbewe has spent virtually her entire career at the National Assembly and has the following qualifications: BA Ed, LLB, (UNZA), LLM in International Taxation and Treaties (USA), Certificate in Legislative Drafting, Certificate in International Legislative Drafting, Certificate in Advanced Programme on Human Rights, Diploma in Legislative Drafting (ZIALE), Law Practice Certificate (ZIALE), Advocate Of The High Court Of Zambia (AHCZ), LPQUE Certificate.

    She is the younger sister of the Minister of Religious Affairs, Godfrida Sumaili. Her family is from Mporokoso in Northern and not Eastern…

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  5. First published by Khuluma Afrika

    As it stands, both Zambia and Zimbabwe are governed by heartless autocrats who have no respect for human dignity, human rights, rule of law, or other people. The only difference being that one, Robert Mugabe, has already turned his country into a kingdom, where he rules like a glorified sultan, while the other, Edgar Lungu, is tracing Mugabe’s footsteps, in his bid to make himself another primitive king.

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  6. Kumodzi kumavaa and wakoo nii wakoo appointments. Pathetic. And she has the audacity to issue a statement to drum it in…

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  7. Mukwasu, umodzi kumawa. Is Doris above 65, the actual late retirement age, and i don’t think she is 60 the normal retirement age.

    I she has been retired in national interest.

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  8. Tiza ulula… Doris is married to a Tonga… Probably the Great one thru Speaker felt that Doris was soft with the opposition….especially 30 days suspension and other things…
    Doris is less than 60years…….
    It was a choice between her husband and allegiations or recognition of the Great One….
    Ba Great ni bakali….. Mwa ona manje mwa hamba Kulila….
    You wish you knew the Great One when you were voting….
    Wait … and more are to come…. Zambia is now Kantemba for the GREAT One… Bane…. let me go and meet the Great one and tell you who the next victim is…. I wish Fred Meembe is next but The Great One does no know where he is even Lewis Mosho….. Shushushu , where are you?

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  9. Doris actually retired under the ‘old’ civil service rules. However, MCS as usual just as he did with the Deputy Governor at BOZ, the Chief Justice etc. retained Doris but on contract. Yes she is married to a man from the Southern but she is a professional and she knows her time is up. Remember she’s the one who advised against appointing the former ‘acting’ CJ because she was over age. So yes Doris has retired….

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    • Nons.ense!! Why are you trying hard to justify tribalism which everyone can clearly see? Are you not ashamed of yourself?

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  10. So what are you commending Lazy for…whats wrong with these NGOs…no wonder they fail to speak on international channels during live debates and pretend they can not hear…really laughable!

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  11. This SH.IT woman Engwase Mwale’s fo.olishness is amazing! Celebrating tribalism openly – one day the evil will catch up with her stup.idity.
    In fact these tribal and gender based appointments are the ones bringing mediocrity in this country. Imagine this caterpillar celebrating just because not because the appointment is on merit – that is fo.olishness of the highest order!
    We have already have Ireen Mambilima and her judiciary of women that has let down this country badly and now the disease of incompetent women is being spread to the National Assembly – what a country!

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  12. Doris Mwiinga retired in national interest together with:

    Convenient Haabukali
    Prudence Haambwali
    Destiny Moonze
    Obvious Haalombwa
    Instead Hachofwe

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    • There are 58 people who have been recently retired from State House for being Tonga and allied tribes. Average age is late 20s and early 30s. Lungu is stripping all non-Bembas and non-Wakos from the Civil Service to fulfill his creeping genocide.

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    • What is the total workforce at State House? 58 from one tribe sounds a bit skewed – could this explain why somebody at one time boasted that he owned the intelligence service? By the way, leakages have since reduced of late.

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  13. Everyone is appointed by Lungu, speaker, clerks, bishops, reverends, cooks, drivers, street sweepers!!! That is Zambia today!!

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