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Chakwera’s Cabinet trashed by women and gender activists

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The 31 member cabinet list announced by chief secretary to government Zangazanga Chikhoswe, still receives mixed reactions from the public in different professionals.

Women and Gender activists have come forward to register their concern over the uneven distribution of positions among men and women in the newly announced cabinet. Which has seen 12 women making it and eight of them playing second place as deputy ministers.

Barbara Banda of Gender Coordination Network expressed her worries “It is failing below the 40% that the president promised us but we are worried that interms of appointments are putting women in deputising positions. Again it gives the impression that women are second best, we have not been given fully fledged ministerial positions.

Long time activist Emma Kaliya shared her disappointments saying president Chakwera should restructure the ministries to include the portfolio of gender and children affairs. “38% that has been put in place comes with eight positions of women who are deputy ministers. And you are like why eight women? Not also men in deputising positions?. We have only been given four positions of women in full ministerial positions, the eight are deputies. And we say, you are a deputy, you are a deputy that’s all so that is quite surprising.

The two activist have since promised to register their disapproval to president Lazarus Chakwera. Who has been in presidency for Eleven days before the swearing in of the ministers.

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