Forum for Democracy and Development leader Edith Nawakwi is ruining chances for Zambia to have a woman president because of her alleged insults in her campaigns, says a Katete based woman.
Mrs Christine Phiri, a member of the Patriotic Front national mobilisation team told the Daily Nation that Ms Nawakwi’s recent visit to the Eastern Province was demeaning to women because of her statements which allegedly bordered on insulting men.
She said Ms Nawakwi was setting a bad example for the women by championing politics of insults. Mrs Phiri disclosed that Ms Nawakwi while in the province and during a radio programme told listeners that it was wrong for President Lungu to meet the chiefs at a hotel and not their respective chiefdoms.
She wondered how President Lungu would go around to all the chiefs palaces when he had a short time to visit the province before his trip to the African Union summit in Ethiopia.
“President Lungu did nothing wrong by inviting chiefs to one place. The President called all the chiefs and did not discriminate,” she said.
Mrs Phiri charged that Ms Nawakwi insulted President Lungu by further suggesting that she would buy an air ticket for the head of State to go to Israel to learn agriculture.
She said it was wrong for Ms Nawakwi to blame President Lungu for poor rains which depended on natural weather conditions.
Mrs Phiri castigated the FDD leader for what she termed a lack of morals and respect for men.
“If Edith Nawakwi can insult men now, what if she became president, will it not be worse?” she asked.
Mrs Phiri advised male FDD members to leave the party because of her alleged lack of morals.
“Instead of insulting men, Ms Nawakwi should conduct issue based campaigns, she is supposed to be addressing real issues and offering solutions to problems,” she said.