THE Chapter One Foundation (COF) has expressed concerns regarding marginalisation of women in the appointments to high office.
In a statement, COF executive director Linda Kasonde said the lack of female representation, particularly at Cabinet level is not only lamentable, but is also unjustifiable in a nation in which over 50 percent of the population is made up of women.
Ms Kasonde said lack of attention paid by the government in addressing issues of gender equity and equality is alarming and appears to indicate a lack of appreciation for the need for equitable gender representation in government.
She said the trend is in breach of Article 259(1) of the Zambian Constitution and Zambia’s international obligations under the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, specifically Article 12(1), and Article 9(1) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, which both call for equal representation of women in decision-making positions.
“The Office of the President issued a press release, dated the 25th of September 2023, announcing several appointments, transfers, and a dismissal. Notable of the decisions taken by the President, is the continued marginalisation of women in appointments to high public office, even in the face of opportunity to rectify the worrying situation. Equally worrying is the continued Politicisation of the
public service,” Ms Kasonde said.
She said urgent and deliberate action must be taken by the government to demonstrate its commitment to gender equality.
And Ms Kasonde has supported Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti’s view that the Ministry of Gender should be re-introduced.
“We further call for the Gender Equity and Equality Act be operationalised without further delay,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ms Kasonde says the appointment Ministry of Information and Media Permanent Secretary Thabo Kawana who was a political party functionary in the ruling United Party for National Development Alliance is disturbing as it adds to the politicisation of the public service.
She said the civil service is meant to be occupied by professional, non-partisan public officers who can serve the nation without fear or favour.
“We call upon the Zambian government to pause and reflect on potential and actual implications of these decisions. We believe that jobs in the public service belong to all qualified Zambians, regardless of gender, tribal, or other affiliation in line with our constitutional provisions,” Ms Kasonde said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 27th September, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)