By Nation Reporter
THE women movement in Zambia should support President Edgar Lungu for having broken the jinx of male dominance in the country’s political space by nominating Vice-President Inonge Wina as his running mate in the August general elections, former Home Affairs assistant secretary Emmanuel Ng’uni has said.
Mr Ng’uni said President Lungu had walked the talk by appointing many women in positions of authority and that the appointment of Vice-President Wina in 2015 and her nomination as running mate should have made women proud because for a long time their empowerment had been nothing but political rhetoric.
Mr Ng’uni said in an interview that President Lungu deserved the support of the women movement in Zambia for living up to their expectations by maintaining Ms Wina as his deputy after the elections.
He said President Lungu and Ms Wina had come a long way especially during the period the Patriotic Front (PF) was engulfed in internal wrangles when a PF faction strongly opposed his nomination to contest the presidency in 2015.
Mr Ng’uni said at a time when men could not make bold and risky decisions, Vice-President Wina as PF national chairperson put her foot down and ensured President Lungu was successfully elected PF leader and eventually contested the presidency which he won with ease.
“President Lungu has truly walked the talk in his gender equality campaign and he has demonstrated that he has a lot of confidence in the female gender. Zambia is one of the very few countries with a female Vice-President and President Lungu is leading the way in gender mainstreaming by nominating Vice-President Wina as his running mate in the coming general elections.
‘‘The women movement should be happy with this achievement and should therefore support the President. They should show the President that they are appreciating his efforts by asking their womenfolk to vote for him,” Mr Ng’uni said.
He said President Lungu had made the best choice in picking Ms Wina as his running mate and that the opposition political parties had been knocked off balance and were now desperate to counter the President’s action.
Mr Ng’uni said Ms Wina had always been a crusader of women rights and worked hard to promote the interest of the female gender when she was a member of the Young Women’s Christian Association.