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Zambia’s Woman Ambassador to the US seeks African Union’s Top Post

ZAMBIA – CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHAIR OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION


– Interview of Ambassador by Reginald Ntomba of the New African Magazine

Zambia’s Woman Ambassador
to the US seeks African
Union’s Top Post

Campaign Launch Speech

NGO Declares Support for Inonage Lewanika

Civil Society Supports Inonge

INONGE MBIKUSITA LEWANIKA ONE AFRICAN WOMAN THAT STANDS FOR JUSTICE, FAIRPLAY

Zambia eyes AU top job

AMBASSODOR INONGE MBIKUSITA-LEWANIKA’S CV
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Zambian Ambassador to the United States of America Dr Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika has declared her interest in the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Dr. Lewanika has been held by a former Head of State but never been held by a woman.

“My success as a candidate would represent change that breaks through a glass ceiling of apparent exclusion – a change that re-affirms that indeed all human being, men and women, are created equal,” she said. Mbikusita-Lewanika added that it is time to implement gender equity at all levels that has been preached for years.

She said that she has been associated with the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) since the 1970s and was part of the transition process from the OAU leading to the establishment of African Union (AU). “In this and many other ways, I have worked on socio-economic development work with a cross-section of Africans, on the continent and the Diaspora,” she said. The Ambassador said that she has worked with Heads of State and ministers, worked as an international civil servant, legislator and diplomat as well as working in proximity of summits of governance authority. She added that she has also had the opportunity to work with marginalised members of society in both rural and urban areas.

It remains to be seen whether African heads of state who are used to the former head of state as Chair of the Commission would feel comfortable handing the post to an Ambassador, or choose another former head of state to head the commission. With regard to Ambassador Lewanika’s charge on gender equality in Africa, it has
to be noted that Africa has gone a long way in promoting women to many high-powered positions. The two highest positions of the African Union in America, that of the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Ambassador to the United States, are both
occupied by African women.

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