The Patriotic Front (PF) have picked Roma Ward 17 councillor Chilando Chitangala of Mandevu constituency as deputy mayor for the city of Lusaka.
And Non-Governmental Organisation Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Engwase Mwale said the adoption of Chitangala for the position of deputy mayor for the city of Lusaka was progressive.
PF secretary general Davis Mwila said the decision follows the recent disagreements regarding the issue of election of the deputy mayor for the city of Lusaka between Nkoloma ward one councillor Tasila Lungu and Christopher Shakafuswa of Mpulungu ward 23. “We wish to announce that the PF official candidate for the position of deputy mayor for Lusaka is Councillor Chilando Chitangala who is councillor for Roma Ward 17 of Mandevu
“It is our trust and confidence that Ms Chitangala will receive full support from all Councillors as she endeavours to provide leadership as deputy mayor after elections slated for Monday 26th September 2016,’’ he said.
Mr Mwila said Chitangala’s candidature has been welcomed and endorsed by all PF Lusaka district councillors including councillors Shakafuswa and Tasila Lungu.
Earlier Mr Mwila had instructed councillors in Lusaka to support the candidature of Christopher Shakafuswa who also expressed interest in the post.
Ms. Mwale said that there was nothing wrong to pick Ms Chitangala and that Tasila and Chitangala deserved support as it was within their democratic right to contest.
She said it was premised on the women‘s movement desire to bring about gender balance in the council chambers and at all other levels.
“In the cases of Lusaka city, we note that the mayor Mr Wilson Kalumba is male and therefore, the need for a female deputy mayor is imperative because this is in line with our amended Constitution and indeed the Patriotic Front party manifesto,” she said.
Ms Mwale said the NGOCC was ready to rally behind and support any capable female councillor for the deputy mayor position and it was committed to the mandate of promoting gender parity at all levels of development.
And women movement organisations such as the YWCA, ZNWL and the NGOCC had earlier endorsed Tasila’s candidature, saying it was a plus to the women movement particularly young women ascending to leadership position.