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Government determined to achieve gender equality, as more women take up top jobs

Lusaka, Feb 20, ZANIS—President Edgar Lungu has implored diplomats serving in foreign missions to enhance the political, economic and social bilateral relations between Zambia and the respective countries where they are serving.

President Lungu said the people of Zambia expect their envoys in foreign missions to improve the bilateral relations between Zambia and other countries.

ZANIS reports that the President was speaking at state house today, during the swearing-in ceremony of Martha Mwitumwa who has been appointed to serve as Zambia’s ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland and Professor Esther Munalula-Nkandu as ambassador to Belgium.

The President has also appointed and sworn in Monde Mwala Gwaba Senior as Private Secretary to the Vice President.

The Head of state explained that the appointments have been made on merit and a demonstration that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government is determined to achieve gender equality in decision-making positions.

President Lungu expressed confidence in the new appointees, noting that all the three women appointed have vast experience in the civil service in various portfolios.

He noted that with over 34 years of experience in the public service, Mrs Gwaba deserves a senior position in the Office of the Vice President and offer appropriate guidance at all times.

Commenting on Mrs Mwitumwa, the President noted that she recorded remarkable achievements as Director for Gender where she pioneered the Women Economic Empowerment Programme in the Ministry of Gender and as Director State Functions at Cabinet Office.

The President stressed that as Mrs Mwitumwa takes up her appointment, he looks forward to seeing an improvement in Zambia’s bilateral trade, investment and tourism statistics during her tour of duty.

And speaking shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, the new Ambassador to Belgium Esther Nkandu thanked the President for appointing more women in decision-making positions and pledged to work hard so that more women can be trusted with decision making responsibilities in the country.

Prof Nkandu who served as head of the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Zambia in the School of Medicine said she will work with other officers at the embassy to ensure that Zambia draws benefits from the bilateral ties with Belgium.


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