President Edgar Lungu’s preference to go for a female as his running mate has made history in Zambian governance system, considering that he is the first President to appoint a female vice president, says Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) executive director Pukuta Mwanza.
He has since advised the PF members to support the President’s preferences because the position had become so important and needed one running-mate at a time.
Reverend Mwanza said 50 years after independence, President Lungu had become one of the Zambian presidents, who had scored a major milestone by recognizing the role women played in the country.
The clergyman urged the Zambians not to judge candidates based on gender or age, but rather on their capabilities and contribution to the country.
“When we talk about gender integration, it is not rhetoric but something that must be actualized as demonstrated by President Lungu to show that women are playing a major role in the governance system. “The running-mate has become important because it is a five-year term in office and could not be fired as was a case, which means the President’s decision is based on merit and knows what he is talking about,” he said.
And the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) is elated by the announcement by President Lungu that he would adopt a woman as his running mate during the August 11, general elections.
NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said the pronouncement by the Head of State was in consonance with the spirit as espoused by the preamble of the republican constitution.
“The preamble of the Constitution emphasizes the equal worth of both men and women and the need for gender equity and equality, and the Constitution confirms, “the equal worth of women and men and their right to freely participate in, determine and build a sustainable political, legal, economic and social order.”