Lungu hopes for woman UN Secretary General


By Wallen Simwaka in New York

ZAMBIA is of the hope that the United Nations (UN) is going to elect a woman as its ninth General Secretary in its October elections and break the jinx male domination that it has had since the formation of the global body.

President Edgar Lungu said it was his prayer that a woman would be chosen to lead the UN because the women had demonstrated that  could be  good leaders in resolving both domestic and global challenges.

And President Lungu said the meeting he held with Linda Thomas Greenfield, the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs had ironed out all the sticky issues.

Meanwhile, President Lungu said the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has the challenge of fully implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which were agreed upon at the last high level summit.

President Lungu said the UN would  do the world a favour if it elected a female as its next General Secretary after Ban Ki-Moon whose term of offices comes to an end this October.He said women were often passionate about the plight of children and the vulnerable in society and should, therefore, be supported if they aspired to take up leadership positions even at the level of becoming the Secretary General of the UN.

He said women, as a matter of fact, constituted more than 50 percent plus 1 of the global population and should, therefore, be encouraged to take up challenging leadership roles such as that of the UN Secretary General.

There are nine candidates vying for the position of Secretary General of the UN out of which three are female.

“I hope a woman will be chosen as UN Secretary General to take over from Ban Ki-Moon whose tour of duty is coming to an end. When you chose a woman in leadership, she will spend time on children and girls who are often the most vulnerable. Women constitute more than 50 percent plus 1 of the global population and together with the youth, they outvote the male gender,” President Lungu said.

And President Lungu said the meeting he had with Thomas Greenfield had mended the diplomatic cracks which could have occurred with some foreign diplomats accredited to Zambia.President Lungu said the time for politicking was over and diplomats who had taken part in Zambia’s electoral process should now let go of the electoral process and allow his government to settle and begin to work.

And President Lungu said Zambia as a member of the African Union (AU) Security Council was deeply concerned with the political instability in South Sudan which he feared was going to increase the number of refugees and migrants.“If we are talking of tackling the large movement of refugees and migrants, we cannot ignore South Sudan that can have an influx of refugees. If there is good governance and there is political stability, very few people will leave their families and their homes,” President Lungu said.