By Nation Reporter
THE unveiling of Vice President Inonge Wina by President Edgar Lungu as the PF running mate during the August 11 general elections proves that she is an exceptional leader, Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) chairperson Sara Longwe has said.
She said she had no doubt that Ms. Wina would ably deliver and represent women.
President Lungu on Saturday announced Ms. Wina as his running mate for the August elections.
Ms. Longwe said Ms. Wina deserved the position, saying that she had been leading by example and actively participated in addressing issues that affected women in Zambia.
“The fact that she has been picked again is good. It shows that she has been a good leader and has represented us well. We welcome the President’s move to appoint a woman as his running mate because it is in line with what we want. This is a new era for Zambia and we love it,” Ms. Longwe said.
She reiterated the need for gender parity at the highest decision-making level.
Ms. Longwe challenged other political parties to nominate women as running mates.
She stated that women made good decisions when they were made leaders.
“We need gender equality at the highest decision-making level, so if there is a woman presidential candidate, we want that presidential candidate to have a male running mate and if it’s a man running for presidency, we want his running mate to be female.
“We urge political parties to ensure that they engage women in higher positions because women are agents of change and they are good leaders,” she said.
And Ms. Longwe appealed to women to support their fellow women vying for various positions during elections.
“As women we need to support each other. We should not expect gender equality to come on a silver plate but we should fight for it by standing by each other’s side,” she said.