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New women MPs cheer Inonge

By CHRISTINE CHISHA and DOREEN NAWA
MINISTER of Gender Inonge Wina says the recent election of three women as Members of Parliament (MPs) brings joy and inspiration to women and girls across the country.
Ms Wina said the victory is a demonstration of Government’s commitment and clear roadmap aimed at attaining gender equity and equality in all spheres of socio-economic development through the ratification of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and other instruments.
“The election process is one of the most important ways in which men and women’s effective participation in decision-making is achieved.
“This is a key step in increasing the level of women leaders in society starting at lower levels of political party structures to the very top of decision making,” Ms Wina said.
The newly-elected women MPs in the recent by elections are Victoria Kalima (MMD), Margaret Miti (PF) and Christabel Ngimbu (PF) as MPs for Kasenengwa, Vubwi and Zambezi -West respectively.
The minister paid tribute to all the political parties who gave women the opportunity to offer themselves to the public as leaders alongside men.
Ms Wina, who is also PF National Chairperson, also congratulated UPND’s Dawson Kafwaya and PF’s Davies Chisopa for winning Solwezi Central and Mkushi South respectively.
Ms Wina is humbled by the peaceful and inclusive manner in which these bye-elections were held.
Ms Wina said, “This is the type of elections we desire as a country so that injurious and intimidatory practices are eliminated at all costs in order for more men, women, boys and girls to enter politics”.
She said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), the Zambia Police Service and other stakeholders deserve praise in the successful manner the elections were held.
And the Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has implored the PF government to appoint the newly-elected women MPs into Cabinet to increase the number of females in decision-making positions.
The number of women in Parliament has now increased from 17 to 20 and the percentage now stands at 12.6 percent.
“The election of the three honourable Members of Parliament is testimony of the progress made towards society’s acceptance of women as equal partners in development.
‘We commend their political parties for having afforded the three women an opportunity to serve the nation at a high level and further extend our gratitude to the people of these three constituencies for choosing women to represent their interests,” ZNWL Board Chairperson Beauty Katebe said in her congratulatory message to the three female MPS.
Ms Katebe urged the three MPs to work hard and diligently to serve the people who have placed their hopes and aspirations in their hands.
Ms Katebe also implored the political parties to continue adopting women so that they have a chance of serving at decision-making positions to bring about gender equality which is a conduit for development.
The Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has urged political parties to continue to adopt more women as their candidates especially as the country prepares for the 2016 Presidential, Parliamentary, and Local Government elections.
In a congratulatory message to the three newly elected Members of Parliament
NGOCC Executive Engwase Mwale said the election of the three in the last by – elections is a further demonstration of the growing confidence the Zambian people have in the leadership of women.




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