HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri has urged women to apply to stand as members of Parliament and councillors on the ruling partyâ€™s ticket in the 2016 general elections.
And the PF will not use youths as tools of violence but empower them to be more responsible and productive, party national youth chairperson Stephen Kampyongo has said.
Mrs Phiri said there is need to have more women in decision-making positions.
â€œI encourage more women to start looking at which constituencies they want to stand in as MPs. We only have one woman in the entire Northern Province as an MP. We have none in Muchinga, we have one in Luapula,â€ she said.
Mrs Phiri said Zambia as a signatory to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on gender and development wants to have more female representatives of the people.
She said there is need to curb violence to encourage more women to participate in politics.
â€œWe have signed a protocol on 50/50 representation. How are we going to encourage women to participate in the politics of this country if violence continues?â€ Ms Phiri said.
She said the PF is committed to ensuring that there is equal participation of men and women in decision-making following President Lunguâ€™s decision to appoint women to head major government institutions such as the Judiciary.
Mrs Phiri urged the PF in Northern Province to work hard and bring in new members in preparation for the 2016 elections.
She also directed the local leadership to welcome old members who have defected from other political parties.
And the PF will not use youths as tools of violence but instead empower them to be more responsible and productive, Mr Kampyongo said.
Mr Kampyongo said the party will hold provincial conferences where the youths will share different strategies for survival such as entrepreneurship instead of depending on the party.
Mr Kampyongo, who was recently appointed as party national youth chairperson, met the Northern Province youth leadership on Wednesday.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to use the youths as tools of violence. We want to empower them and make them more responsible. I am here to provide a different kind of leadership, and I will make sure that whenever they need my guidance, I am available,â€ he said.
Mr Kampyongo said there is need for the youth to be proactive and participate in national affairs.
HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama