DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH LEADERSHIP – NKANDU LUO
..as she applauds president Lungu for his continued show of confidence in women leadership.
Lusaka, June 10, 2020
President Edgar Lungu´s love and respect for women can be seen from the appointments in high offices of the government of Zambia says his running mate in the polls slated for 12th August Prof Nkhandu Luo.
The former Food and Fisheries Minister said, apart from herself President Lungu made a deliberate choice of a woman Chief Justice Irene Mambilima in a bid to show how respected women’s contribution to governance in high office.
“My nomination coming just after the current Vice President a strong woman Mrs Inonge Wina reaffirms President Edgar Lungu´s commitment to work with women,” said Prof. Luo.
The long serving Cabinet minister and accomplished scientist was speaking on a radio programme taped for Hot FM on Tuesday following President Lungu tapping her the second most coveted job in Zambia.
“In fact the way I see it is that President Lungu by choosing to work with women at the highest level is simply celebrating his own mother which is commendable,” Prof. Luo said.
The UK and Russia trained microbiologist and immunologist is known for her pioneer work in fighting the AIDS pandemic when it first hit Zambia in the early 1980´s and for her role in various ministries such as education, transport and communication, gender and chiefs.
When he tapped for running mate pit of a long list following Vice President Wina´s decision to stand down due to age, President Lungu said he went through a lot of soul searching and was confident he made the right decision in picking Prof. Luo.
When asked whether she had any presidential ambitions beyond 2026 when President Lung´s term ends, Prof. Luo emphatically said she had none.
“I am only here to serve President Lungu and like others we are here to ensure he gets his re-election,” Prof Luo said, “I always say deal with what you have because being too ambitious is what gets many people in trouble. I want to limit my ambition to what I have, I want to remain focused.”
When asked about the PF and President Lungu´s chances of victory on 12th August, Prof. Luo expressed full confidence in a Lungu and PF victory.
“We must not bring experiments to leadership and I must know because I am a scientist,” Prof Luo said, “experiments are for the laboratory.”
President Lungu and PF have a proven record of success especially in the infrastructure sector which has improved the lives of many in Zambia and therefore must continue in the trajectory aid Prof. Luo.
A constant victim of cyber bullying, Prof Luo, a mother of two sons and two grandchildren said, “I know who I am I don’t care what they try to make me be. I am confident on who I am and what I can contribute to the country and I am grateful to President Lungu.”
She said, with women being the majority voters in Zambia, the girl child must get encouraged by appointments such as hers and aspire for top jobs when they grow up.
President Lungu has been widely applauded by analysts and commentators for his continued show of confidence in women leadership in what is largely seen as a man´s world ever since he turned the page with Mrs Wina in 2016.