Solwezi, 14 March, 2021 / 2:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of Zambia’s Solwezi Diocese has urged political parties in the Southern African country to appoint women because they qualify for the positions in leadership and not for their own selfish reasons.
In a message published by the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) Friday, March 12, Bishop Charles Kasonde cautioned against the tendency to appoint women only to end up using them for protection.
“We do not want this to be a fashion or an escape route because you know a mother is full of trust and cannot cause any danger to you so you therefore not appoint a man to be your running mate but rather appoint a woman because she is not going to talk,” Bishop Kasonde said.
The Zambian Bishop emphasized that appointment of women in government be based on “quality.”
In Zambia, Inonge Mutukwa Wina has been the country’s Vice President since 2015. Additionally, Zambia’s largest opposition political party, the Patriotic Front, has appointed a woman as its Vice President.