Lusaka… Friday January 31, 2020 (SMART EAGLES)
The Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has added it’s voice to all those that have called upon Derrick Livune, Member of Parliament for Katombora to apologize to Vice President lnonge Wina.
NGOCC Board Chairperson Mary Mulenga said the culture of insults and disrespect seems to have found ‘fertile soil’ in the political realm and NGOCC remains concerned with the continued bullying of women leaders by some politicians especially now that the country moves towards the 2021 general elections.
“As a nation, we have continued to witness violence both physical and verbal amongst our political players, the latest being the outburst by Honorable Livune targeting our own Vice President and mother, using demeaning and insulting language. This kind of language and politics is what has continued to discourage women against participating in the governance of our country,” said Ms Mulenga.
“We wish to reiterate that NGOCC has for a long time been deeply concerned with the low numbers of women in decision making positions especially at Parliament and Local Government levels. lt is totally unacceptable that 55 years after independence, women, who constitute more than 51 per cent of the country’s population remain discriminated from both participating and benefiting from the various development processes and such utterances are a huge recipe for discouraging women to effectively participate in national development.”
Ms Mulenga said Mrs. Wina, just like any other woman, has the right to participate in the governance of this country regardless of her age.
“As Republican Vice President, Hon. Wina has every right to speak about the development trajectory of the entire country of Zambia. We therefore expect our leaders, especially MPs to regard and accord her the necessary decorum befitting her office,” she added.
The NGOCC Board Chairperson has since demanded that Hon. Livune withdraws the disrespectful, demeaning and insulting statement against Hon. Wina. Zambians are more interested in issue-based dialogue than personal politically-inclined views.