CHIEFS in Sinda district are sad that gender was not considered during the election of civic leaders which saw the entire 17 wards dominated by male candidates.
Speaking during the inauguration of council chairperson and councillors on Friday, Chief Kathumba who spoke on behalf of other chiefs said they were surprised as to whether the gender message was being practiced or not looking at the fact the Sinda district’s 17 wards were scooped by men.
He told the gathering that the female traditional leaders had observed the bias in the way gender was being practised and undermining female leadership.
“As chiefs, we don’t participate in politics but we participate in development. Now we wanted a female chief to speak but my friends the female chieftainesses Kawaza and Nyanje have refused to do so because among all sworn-in, there is no female representative which has also disappointed us,” said Chief Kathumba.
The traditional leaders further urged the civic leaders to work hand in hand with chiefs to enhance development.
And Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ) district moderator Reverend Daniel Shamvu has been appointed council Chaplin.