I WISH to congratulate Margaret Mwanakatwe on her promotion as Minister of Finance by President Edgar Lungu.
Honourable Mwanakatwe served as Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry prior to her promotion.
Honourable Mwanakatwe is the second woman to be appointed as Minister of Finance after Edith Nawakwi. The latter served under the late President Frederick Titus Chiluba.
The appointment of Honourable Mwanakatwe by the Head of State clearly demonstrates that women have the potential to deliver in any key position towards fostering national development.
In my view, the new Minister of Finance, who is also a former and seasoned banker, will discharge her duties diligently. She will also continue with national economic reforms her predecessor initiated.
Zambia is in dire need of development in all sectors of the economy. On this score, I am confident that Honourable Mwanakatwe will be equal to the task with the support of all employees in her ministry.
Of course, there are some people who will criticise her, but she should remain focused and ignore the armchair critics.