Solwezi – 6.03.2021 On behalf of my fellow women, we would like to express our profound gratitude to our Party President, Hakainde Hichilema for coming up with gender, regional and ethnically-balanced NMC composition.
The inclusion of more than 30 women in the NMC in respect to calls by various stakeholders is a clear indication that Mr Hichilema values the critical role that women play in ensuring social, political and cultural stability in any given society.
Contrary to assertions on various social media platforms that, President Hichilema single-handedly came up with the office-bearers, we wish to strongly emphasize that such appointments were done after wide consultations with various stakeholders including the Party grassroots.
The historic appointment of Ms Mutale Nalumango as the first female UPND Vice President and the subsequent appointment of Ms Namakau Kabwiku as Deputy National Chairman must be applauded by every well-meaning Zambians and all Party functionaries.
Contrary to assertions that Hon. Stephen Katuka’s appointment as National Chairperson is a demotion, the UPND takes great exception to such misleading, cheap political rhetoric and propaganda by the enemies of progress who have no understanding that the portfolio in question is the 3rd highest position in the UPND, constitutionally!
We, therefore, wish to urge all our members across the country to respect the decision by our President and desist from churning out falsehoods with regards to these appointments.
Let me take this opportunity to also wish women across the country to choose to challenge all issues hindering our efforts towards achieving gender equality
UPND MEDIA TEAM