ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) executive director Juliet Chibuta says President Lungu should be commended for demonstrating political will through his appointment of women in decision-making
Ms Chibuta said this in an interview in reaction to the recent appointment of Cecilia Mbewe as acting Clerk of the National Assembly, following the retirement of Doris Mwiinga.
“As ZNWL, we are excited that more women are being appointed to positions of decision-making. We are particularly motivated with the recent appointment of Ms Mbewe as acting Clerk of the National Assembly. This is a good move, especially that Ms Mwiinga has been in that position for a long time,” she said.
Ms Chibuta said ZNWL is confident that Ms Mbewe will work hard to permanently secure the position of Clerk of the National Assembly.
Prior to her appointment, Ms Mbewe was the deputy Clerk of the National Assembly.
“The fact that Ms Mbewe has replaced her fellow woman (Ms Mwiinga), it is a clear demonstration that President Lungu has the political will of appointing women to positions of decision-making,” Ms Chibuta said.
She is also pleased that the amended constitution demands that 50 percent of decision-making positions should be given to women.
She said President Lungu’s decision is an indication that some important clauses in the constitution are being implemented.
“We urge all women who have been appointed to key positions to work hard and ensure they satisfy the ‘powers’ that be. The more women we have in decision-making positions, the more confidence appointing authorities will have in them,” she said.
Ms Chibuta said as an organisation which promotes women participation in leadership positions, the ZNWL is thrilled that the number of women in such positions is on the increase.
She said the appointment of women to decision- making positions is the rightful change that the women movement has been longing for.