Thursday, June 20, 2024

Zambia National Women’s Lobby Condemns Personal Attacks on Kitwe Mayor, Calls for Respect in Politics

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The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has expressed their disappointment over the personal attacks directed towards Kitwe Mayor, Ms. Mwaya Mpasa. The ZNWL referred specifically to comments made by Mr. Warren Hinyama, the United Party for National Development (UPND) Copperbelt Youth Chairperson.

According to reports, Mr. Hinyama told Ms. Mpasa to find a husband in order to change her behavior and cease frustrating the current government. The ZNWL criticized Mr. Hinyama’s comments as a form of character assassination, particularly highlighting that the party he represents claims to denounce any form of violence, whether physical or verbal.

The ZNWL called on Mr. Hinyama to focus his political discussions and debates on political matters alone and to refrain from extending personal attacks into Ms. Mpasa’s personal life. They emphasized that politics based on character assassination and violence, particularly targeting women, have no place in the country. Such actions only serve to hinder democracy by limiting women’s participation in governance processes.

The organization urged political leaders to discourage all forms of violence, whether verbal or physical, and instead promote tolerance of diverse opinions and the constructive resolution of disputes. They emphasized that both the Anti-GBV Act (2011) and the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act (2021) clearly address online and physical violence. Sections 65 and 69 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act explicitly criminalize hate speech, cyberbullying, and harassment. Perpetrators of such crimes can face prosecution and imprisonment if found guilty.

ZNWL expressed solidarity with all women in politics who are facing both online and physical violence. They encouraged these women to utilize the available legal avenues to seek redress for any injustices they face.

The press statement was signed by Ms. Daisy Nhkata Ng’ambi, the National Chairperson of ZNWL, who reiterated the organization’s commitment to promoting women’s rights and combating violence against women in politics.

The personal attacks on Kitwe Mayor Ms. Mwaya Mpasa have sparked a wider conversation about the treatment of women in politics and the need for greater gender equality and respect within political discourse. As the ZNWL continues to advocate for women’s rights and equality, it is hoped that political leaders and society as a whole will recognize the importance of respectful and inclusive political engagement.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Upnd will not comment and nothing is going to be done to this Hanyama. It is a normal comment as long as it coming from upnd

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    • Chi minister ……atase.!! you are scared of the bulldozer…..you go threatening an innocent woman. Iam glad she put you in your place.

    • THE KITWE MAYOR FOLLOWED THE PRESS CONFERENCE VERY CLOSELY AND AFTER THE END OF UNDERSTANDING THE GRAPHICAL PERFORMAMNCE AS PRESSENTED SHE SHE SAID “HE MUST RESIGN”. THERE ARE ONLY TWO SURVIVING LEADERS PRESENTED IN THE GRAPH…..HH AND ECL. WE DO NOT KNOW WHO THE MAYOR WANTED TO RESIGN BUT AT LEAST WE NOW KNOW WHO MATAMBO THINKS MUST RESIGN ……MATAMBO KNOWS BETTER DEEP IN HIS HEART BUT WANTS TO PUT IT ON THE INNOCENT MAYOR. THE UPND MUST SCRUTINISE MATAMBO’S INNER THOUGHTS……ITS HIM WHO KNOWS WHO MUST RESIGN .

  2. Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) of today is a spineless NGO like the corrupt mining unions they first wait to see the mood of the nation on social media before they choose a side and jump…the Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) of the 1990s were no nonsense.

  3. This has nothing to do with gender. This f00Iish upnd minister will behave like that to anyone regardless of their gender. He is a disrespectful arrogant fat f00I

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  4. The mayor should just work freely and ignore these *****s like the provincial minister and his cadres who are still living in the past.

  5. While those of you who voted for these crooks are starving, they are busy showing off their obscene wealth in namwala and even giving animals that belong to the nation as personal gifts to spoiled miyanda. No one will investigate their wealth but if a pf supporter buys a mere cheap car, he will direct acc to persecute. Hh is a big dog. I hate him

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  6. What I fail to understand on this issue is how the whole mayor of Kitwe could not respond to the minister to say, I did not say the President should resign but assuming I said that there would be no offence, the mayor is very free to call for the resignation of the head of state if she feels so, that is her democratic right. No minister in Zambia should ever be big headed and stop anybody from criticizing the President. I support the President myself, but I encourage anybody who wants to criticize the President to do so.

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