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Be focused, newly-elected MPs, councillors told

THE Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has urged newly-elected female members of Parliament and councillors to be focused and offer effective representation to people who ushered them into leadership.
ZNWL central region chairperson Rebecca Museteka said the organisation is happy that the number of female parliamentarians in the area has risen from one to four while that of female ward councillors now stands at 13.
“It is pleasing the Central Province now has four MPs from one (former Mkushi North PF MP Ingrid Mphande) while the councillors are 13 from 11,” Ms Museteka said.
Ms Mphande, who lost as an independent in the August 11 general elections, was the only female MP in Central Province after she was elected in a by-election on July 25, 2013.
“They [female MPs and ward councillors] should not go to sleep, they should start working because this is what people expect from them,” Ms Museteka said.
“They should showcase why people should vote for women and not men,” she added.
Ms Museteka commended the electorate in Central Province who voted for female candidates.
She assured the female MPs and ward councillors that ZNWL will continue supporting them so that they deliver on their campaign promises.
Ms Museteka said the election of four female MPs is a big achievement for Central Province because parliamentary positions have been a preserve for men in past years.
She called for affirmative action in ensuring Zambia attains the 50 percent benchmark in having women holding political decision-making positions in accordance with the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
“We need to have a strategy for affirmative action to have 50 percent of women to be in positions of decision-making in politics, in Parliament and at local government,” Ms Museteka said.
The female MPs include PF’s Doreen Mwape, who won the elected Mkushi North seat, while Patricia Mwashingwele of United Party for National Development (UPND) won the Katuba seat.
Keembe constituency was scooped by Princess Zulu while Chisamba Constituency went to Chushi Kasanda, both of the UPND.

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