NANCY SIAME & CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
SEVERAL individuals and organisations have commended President Lungu for appointing Nalolo member of Parliament Inonge Wina as republican vice-president.
Former republican president Rupiah Banda said it is â€˜very pleasingâ€™ that the country now has its first female vice-president.
Mr Banda said in an interview yesterday that he supported Mr Lungu because he knew that he would make a good president.
â€œI supported him because he is a kind man who listens to the people and he has just done that by appointing a woman vice-president,â€ he said.
Former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa said it is historical for the country to have a female vice-president as it is what the women have been looking for.
â€œWe know that she will represent us well because she is a strong and mature woman, we are not looking at PF but Zambia as a country,â€ she said.
And second republican president Frederick Chilubaâ€™s wife, Regina, urged other women to support Ms Wina and wished her husband was alive to witness the countryâ€™s growing democracy.
In a separate interview, Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary Suzanne Matele said her organisation is elated to have Ms Wina as vice president.
Rev Matale said Ms Wina deserves the position as she worked hard for it.
She urged Ms Wina to carry on with her spirit of hard work and address all issues affecting women and children in the country.
â€œWe shall support her so that she can succeed in her work, she is an experienced woman and we would like to extend our congratulations to her,â€ Rev Matale said.
And Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) is excited by Mrs Winaâ€™s appointment as vice president and has called for more appointments of women in cabinet and other leadership positions in government, reports MARGARET SAMULELA.
â€œWe are excited because we have been advocating for more women to be appointed in leadership positions as it is our mandate to improve the social and legal status of women,â€ WLSA national coordinator, Maureen Tresha said in a statement yesterday.
She said this is in line with the provisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on Gender and Development and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which Zambia signed and ratified.
And Women for Change (WfC) chairperson Margaret Maimbolwa says the appointment of Inonge Wina as vice-President of Zambia is commendable and a golden jubilee present to the women of Zambia, reports RAYMOND DAKA.
Dr Maimbolwa said in a statement issued yesterday that WfC has welcomed the appointment of Ms Wina and looks forward to more women appointed to decision making positions.
â€œWe are hopeful that the government of newly elected president Lungu will appoint many more women to leadership positions as we endeavour to meet the Southern African Development Community (SADC) requirements,â€ she said.
Dr Maimbolwa said WfC is confident that Ms Wina will take cognisance of the voice of women who are stakeholders in the development of the country.
Meanwhile, the Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) has congratulated former first secretary for press at the Zambian High Commission in the United Kingdom Amos Chanda on his deserved appointment to the position of First Secretary to the President in-charge of Press and Public Relations, reports TEDDY KUYELA.
PAZA executive secretary Patson Phiri said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the association is confident that Mr Chanda will bring maturity and honour to the Office of the President.
â€œWe are very confident that Mr Chanda will bring maturity and honour to the very highly respected position and use his office to influence positive change in the mediaâ€”both public and private media,â€ Mr Phiri said.
He urged Mr Chanda to take stock of the wide gaps that exist between the media and the presidency.
â€œPAZA is very convinced that the presidentâ€™s decision will rework the relations that widened between the presidency and the media,â€ Mr Phiri said.
He advised Mr Chanda to use his influence to make the president available to the media through press conferences and interviews so that Zambians can derive maximum presence in government programmes and policies.
NANCY SIAME & CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka