KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has urged women and youths to start aspiring for leadership positions for them to effectively participate in national development.
Ms Nawakwi was speaking in Mansa on Sunday when she addressed members.
She said Zambia continues to lag in development because women and youths are left out of leadership positions in the majority.
â€œCountries such as Rwanda and Tanzania have by-passed Zambia in terms of development because women and youths are fully participating in running the affairs of their countries,â€ Ms Nawakwi said.
She also said the countryâ€™s resources cannot be left to a few individuals adding that the majority of the countryâ€™s population is made up of youths and women.
Ms Nawakwi added that leadership positions will only go to the youth through hard work as old people in these positions will not hand them over on a silver plate.
She also paid a courtesy call on Chief Matanda where she reiterated her call to the people to judge everyone in the presidential race equally and not to use their emotions when casting their votes on January 20, 2015.
Ms Nawakwi urged people to choose a leader based on their capabilities.
The FDD leader addressed a number of groups asking them to vote for her and to give her an opportunity to prove herself as leader.
She said men have been at the helm of the nation for 50 years and it is now time to try a woman as the country does not belong to men only.
And NKOMBO KACHEMBA reports that the FDD in Mufulira has urged Zambians to vote for Ms Nawakwi in the forthcoming presidential election.
FDD Mufulira district information and publicity secretary Charles Banda said in a statement issued in Kitwe yesterday that Ms Nawakwi is the only presidential candidate with the potential to improve the living standards of the people if elected into office.
â€œWe are appealing to Zambians to rally behind Ms Nawakwiâ€™s candidature during the forthcoming presidential election. She is an honest and genuine leader who can bring development to this country,â€ Mr Banda said.
He appealed to Zambians to give Ms Nawakwi a chance to govern the country because she is a hardworking woman with a noble character.
KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka