Vice President Inonge Wina has described as humbling her adoption as President Lungu’s running mate in the August general elections.
Mrs Wina said the announcement of her adoption left her “overwhelmed with emotions”. She said this in an interview at Government House in Lusaka yesterday.
“Immediately the announcement was made, I could not believe it and I was overwhelmed with emotions but afterwards, I had to reflect and come to terms with what it means and what responsibilities come with the apointments,” the Vice president said.
Mrs Wina said president Lungu’s decision to adopt her as his running mate is an indication of the head of state’s resolve to include women in the governance system, especially in top leadership positions.
She said she is humbled that president Lungu, who appointed her as vice-president in January last year, developed confidence in her ability to work.
She pledged to use her career to contribute to national development “this appointment means he [ president Lungu] trusts me and iam thankful and grateful”.
She described president Lungu as a rare individual who acknowledges women’s potential and ability to lead, Mrs Wina also observed that Zambia is ready to have a female president in the near future.
She challenged all political parties to adopt more women for August 11 presidential, parliamentary, mayoral and local government elections.
Mrs Wina, who is Patriotic Front (PF) vice president, said the ruling party’s manifesto will focus on economic diversification to agriculture in rural areas, addressing youth empowerment and lmproving the livelihood of all citizens.
The vice president also urged political parties to desist from engaging in political violence because the vice could scare women from joining politics.