Some residents of Chinsali in Muchinga Province have added their voices in condemning the United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema for allegedly demeaning women in his political statements.
Some residents talked to by ZANIS in Chinsali today expressed disappointment over the recent statements attributed to Mr. Hichilema on Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Leader Edith Nawakwi.
Majory Kashinka, a former diplomat, described Mr Hichilema’s alleged demeaning statement as a lack of respect for women and in-turn stated that successful organizations must have women representation.
“Men build homes and women make them and this shows that women are mothers who organise everything in a home,” Ms Kashinka said.
She added that the country should not tolerate sexist remarks coming from a leader vying for position of presidency.
And Chambeshi Ward Councillor Lucy Mulenga also noted that the UPND leader was aware of many women in decision making positions who are doing well making Mr Hilichilma to have no idea of what he was talking about.
Ms Mulenga added that by virtual, women are born to be leaders and play an important role in society.
“HH should not forget that by demeaning us the women will just make him lose the 2021 elections,” she said.
And newly elected Patriotic Front (PF) Provincial Treasure Thomas Mutale who is also Chinsali Mayor has condemned the Opposition UPND leader Hakainde saying the UPND leader should have respect for women if he were to win the 2021 elections.
Mr Mutale said women are major stakeholders in the development of the country with Muchinga province recording notable women who suffered during the liberation struggle of the country.
He cited the late freedom fighters Maria Chikamoneka and Mama Kankansa to be among the notable women who contributed to the development of the country.
Mr Mutale has since advised the UPND leader to retract his alleged demeaning statement on women.
Meanwhile, Chinsali Member of Parliament Kalalwe Mukosa has called on women in the country not feel demoralized by such sentiments but continue to work towards improving society.
Mr Mukosa said this is the time to promote women so that they can be taking part in leadership positions instead of demotivating them.
“If you look at our set up, our Vice President is a woman who is working very hard and our Permanent Secretary in Muchinga Province is also a hard working lady, we have other women in higher positions who are also performing very well, Mr Mukosa added.
Recently the Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Secretary Ms Mumbi Phiri condemned the UPND leader Hakainde Hichileme for continued demeaning and dragging women in his political statements and further called on women organizations to rise up and condemn Mr. Hichilema for his continued disrespect towards women.
The UPND leader is alleged to have told FDD leader Edith Nawakwi that she cannot rule the country because she is not properly married.