Low women participation worries lobby

THE Women’s Lobby Group has expressed disappointment with the low number of women adopted forvarious elective positions in North-Western Province by political parties participating in this year’s elections.

Organisation provincial chairperson Doris Kazhila told the Daily Nation that her organisation had been lobbying for women empowerment and participation in various political positions which did not seem to yield any fruits.

She said it was sad that very few women had been adopted in spite of a big number having applied on various positions to contest in this year’s elections.

“We have been advocating more opportunities for women to be adopted at various elective positions and our call was echoed by the republican President Edgar Lungu, but we are disappointed to see that very few women have been adopted by all political parties participating in this year’s elections including the ruling party.

“And we only wanted a 30 percent to be given to women, we are disappointed,” Ms Kazhila said.

She said it was not good for the electorates to continue voting for the same people all the time and further urged political parties to involve women in decision making positions.

Only 15 women have been adopted at local government level by various political parties while only five at parliamentary level in four constituencies.

Among those that have been adopted at parliamentary level are Christabel Ngimbu of Zambezi West, Rose Salukatula in Chavuma and Marjory Dauchi Solwezi West Constituency on the PF ticket respectively.

Others are Brenda Tambatamba in Kasempa and Prisca Kucheka in Zambezi West both on the UPND ticket.