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UNIP to pay nomination fees for female candidates

UNIP Cadres sing during a rally in Lusaka’s Chawama township. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

UNITED National Independence Party (UNIP) says it will pay nomination fees for all women who will be adopted as candidates on the party ticket.
UNIP deputy secretary General Alfred Banda said the move is to encourage more women to participate in politics in view of the current hiked nomination fees.
Speaking during the launch of count me in project by the Zambia National Women’s Lobby recently, Reverend Banda reiterated calls to have the Grade 12 clause repealed as it will disadvantage a lot of women.
“As UNIP we are not comfortable with the clause and we are saying let us have it repealed and done away with,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Alliance for Development and Democratic secretary general Mwangala Mbangweta noted that the August elections will be the most expensive in the history of the country.
Mrs Mbangweta said more money will be needed for women in politics as there a lot of requirements to fulfil for one to stand for a political office.
She said women especially those in the rural areas cannot afford to meet all the requirements being demanded in the amended Constitution.
“All those aspiring to stand for political office will need to produce land rates and bank statements, declare their assets with Zambia Revenue Authority and produce a Grade 12 certificate, how do you expect women to get all this from?,” Mrs Mbangweta asked.
And Rainbow secretary general representative Franusco Mumba said his party will be biased towards women in their adoption process.
Mr Mumba who is also chairperson for voter sensitisation and registration however complained that it is proving difficult to find women with grade 12 certificates.
He also appealed to the Examination Council of Zambia to decentralise the screening process of the Grade 12 certificates.
“The ECZ should have offices in all districts where those aspiring for adoption can go to for the verification of their certificates,” Mr Mumba said.

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