The good number of women who have showed interest in contesting as Members of Parliament in various constituencies in Lusaka has cheered Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL)
ZNWL national chairperson Beauty Katebe told the Daily Nation in an interview it was thrilling to note that more women had applied to be adopted as candidates.
She noted that it was high time that women realised their role in the development of Zambia by taking up leadership positions.
She noted that women were agents of change and that the City needed women to address certain issues that had continued to frustrate the locals.
“As a Women’s lobby, we are very excited with the number of women who have showed interest in taking up leadership positions, especially in Lusaka. We want to have more female MPs in Lusaka. “If we can have more women as MPs, I am confident that the capital city would develop, because women are agents of change and they would endeavour to see that they bring development to the city,” Ms. Katebe said.
She urged political parties to give women a priority during the selection process.
Ms Katebe said the capital city had not developed much, because of gender imbalances.
“Our wish is to see more women being adopted to stand as MPs especially here in Lusaka. If we look at other capital cities in the region, they are far much better than ours. It’s high time we get to be proud of our capital city, and I believe women have a huge role to play,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Katebe called on women in Zambia to support each other, saying that it was the only way their voice would be heard.