Chakwera remarks on gender commitment irk activists: ‘Did he ask for CVs from men as well? – Kathewera

President Lazarus Chakwera on Monday failed to explain why he has failed to balance gender in his Cabinet and parastatal boards in his assessment of the first 100 days in office, challenging women’s rights activists to produce a list of women who qualify to be placed in boards particularly those that require specialised skills.

Maggie Kathewera Banda : Women manifesto movement cordinator query Chakwera on gender committment

Chakwera was responding to questions, at a news conference at Kamuzu Palace, with editor for Nation Publication Limited, Ephraim Munthali quizzing the President why he failed to set the tone to appoint more women into this Cabinet and even more into parastatals.

The President prides himself as a person who championed women’s emancipation in religious circles when he was leader of Assemblies of God Church.

“I started with conscientisation and teaching and systematic approach. I’m saying give me time, 100 days in office is not a panacea to evaluate the administration,” he said.

He asked gender activist to provide a directory of women and their CVs so he can refer to when making public appointments.

But Women Legal Resources Centre executive director Maggie Kathewera Banda, who is also one of the coordinators for Women’s Manifesto and the 50:50 Campaign, said women activists were disappointed by President Chakwera’s remarks.

But reacting to the President’s suggestion that he should be provided with a list of qualified women, gender rights activist Maggie Kathewera Banda said Chakwera simply has no political will.

“There are many capable leaders within the Tonse administration who can serve in various positions.  He should go and ask for their CVs. Did he ask for CVs from men as well before making the appointments? It is a lame excuse of a patriarchal leader who does not believe in gender equality.

“Last year when he was signing the Women’s Manifesto, he didn’t tell us it’s a process. Why should it be a process now,” she said.

Kathewera Banda said Chakwera has failed to walk the talk in empowering women when he previously committed that his administration would promote women to different positions.

She said President Chakwera failed to adhere to the Gender Equality Act that stipulates that 40 percent of public positions should go to women.

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A galu okuda okha okha
A galu okuda okha okha
1 month ago

Brain dead apes who believe that a Malevolent god died for their sins and that women are not equal to them. But they couldnt exist without a woman. Still in the stone age but wearing carducci suits and driving cars made by nazis. That is why the black race is cursed. Becuase even the fake tri- religions venerate the mother. We have mary mother of jebus, to be jewish your mother is the ruler. But Keep it up and remain cursed.

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
1 month ago

I think those sympathisers for Tonse alliance are not seeing the way how bad Tonse has perfomed in the 100 days.Its not the rest of its life tonse will be in the rulling side.Mind you Tonse was only meant for a fuirous motive to remove DPP’s APM from power.It is actually the judged who ochestrsated the move after Simbi Phiri of Khato bribed them with Billions each.It was out of sinister motive.More especially Saulo Chilima,he should not boast that he is a hero.All those who have been hurt by his selfish,jealous and envy actions are not just sitting harnessing the… Read more »

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwinithako

Basically 100days is actually 3 months. Achimwene ngakhale mwana oti wayamba ntchito pa 3 months akapange chani? Even probation is usually done at 3 months for a reason. Mukumva chabe kuwawa, kumva kupweteka, kkk.
Muchila koma

KotiMan
KotiMan
1 month ago

Koma za gender izi zochedwetsana bwanji…..ine zimandibhowa za gender zanuzi

Moqtadar Al Sadir
1 month ago

Women want to get everything on a silver plate. Why don’t you complain about more male soldiers in the war zones? Why don’t you complain about more men in sports? Why don’t you complain about more men in construction? You must show us what you are capable of doing and don’t cry like babies.

John chidongo
1 month ago

Chikwera ndi mulendo di mMuyeresalamu muno. Bwanji sanafunse ponyamba pomwepo kuti ndipatseni maina a Zimai. Munthu wosadziwa nkhosa zake. Ndiye munangotenga udindowo kamba ka nkhwizi simudziwa china chili chonse ku Zimbabwe munanena nokha. Muli ndi ma adviser the whole mudzi bwanji sanakulangizeni. Azimai ndiye wofunikawo tozingoona akazi anu mugalimoto ngatinso kuti iwo anasinkhidwa nao. Maiko ena mkazi wa President sachita chonchi or mutchalichimo. Ndiye azimai apatseni udindo za mchaichzo ayi.

Mwini muzi
1 month ago

Very insinuating remarks for women indeed.He might have just looked within his alliance partners yet there are many Malawi women citizens out there who are well qualified and capable. He should have widened his nets to get them.

Mwikho
Mwikho
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Women activists ” JUST PROVIDE CVs as THE PRESIDENT HAS DEMANDED” and move forward. He could be making an important point, prove him wrong rather than making unnecessary Noise.

TMN
TMN
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwikho

Objective enough.

Ungwelu
Ungwelu
1 month ago

A Kathewera chepetsani moto. The fact of the matter is that the issue of gender equality has come a long way from when women were not allowed to vote. In the process, some issues are still being pushed along so that we reach there! It is almost impossible to truthfully have 60/40 ratio into our Boards now because the appointments are influenced by membership from nominating professional Boards which do not have that 60/40 due to natural phenomenon. What you should be doing is to agitate for the improvements. Currently what is the ratio in Parliament since we received millions… Read more »

Kondwani Botomani Mhango
Kondwani Botomani Mhango
1 month ago

Not even God or Jesus, believed in gender equality not even female leadership.

Leader of opposition
Leader of opposition
1 month ago

Everyone in the board provided CV ngati simukudziwa. Some voluntarily others were asked to. Ena anasefedwa konko. Enanu mulibe ndi JC yomwe pa CV mukangolemba Std 8 then Activists ndiye mangadutse? Za ulendo uno ndi za omwe anamwa ink. Leave Chakwera alone

James Bana
James Bana
1 month ago

What is gender by the way? women? Women should not be appointed in positions just because they are women. Even in the UK where you borrow these funny ideas about gender and feminism: Thatcher and Theresa May where questioned over their commitment to promoting women in their government. USA is about 244 years old: They have never had a female president, not even a vice I guess. So don’t portray a picture of Chakwera as if he is “gender” insensitive.

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago
Reply to  James Bana

Unenesko 💪🏿🔨🔨🔨🇲🇼

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