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Who is Inonge Mutukwa Wina, Zambia’s first female President?

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Inonge Wina

Inonge Wina

Inonge Mutukwa Wina, was born on April 2, 1941 at Suibumbu Village in Senanga and has just been appointed as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia. She becomes the first female to hold the position making her the highest ranking female in the history of Zambia.

She was married to the late Arthur Nutuluti Lubinda Wina, a freedom fighter and academican. Wina attended primary school in Senanga, at the then Barotse National School—now Kambule Secondary School in Mongu. She eventually completed her high school education at Santa Monica High School in Los Angeles, California in the USA.She obtained a diploma in social works at Santa Monica City College.

She also read for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Zambia when it was first opened.She holds a degree in history and sociology.Wina’s passion for community work dates back to the early 1970s when she gave free service to women’s movements as a volunteer. She has served on a number of boards of Non Governmental Organisations and as president of the Young Women’s Christian Association, where she was instrumental in promoting women’s human rights agenda, resulting in the Zambian government’s establishment of the Victim Support Unit under the Zambia Police Service.

She has worked in the government as a civil servant and as a politician. As a passionate women’s rights advocate she volunteered her time on various boards. In 1996, she was elected National Chairperson of the NGO Coordinating Council of Zambia (NGOCC). In 2000, Wina led the women’s movement in the Red Ribbon Campaign in defence of the Zambian Constitution.

Wina also served as director on a number of boards in the public sector; this included Refuge Services Zambia, Zambia Council of Social Services, University Teaching Hospital, and the University of Zambia Council.

Inonge Wina

Inonge Wina

In 2001 Wina contested and was subsequently elected Member of Parliament of Nalolo Constituency under the United Party for National Development. She was elected chairperson of a number of portfolio committees, including the Committe on Human Rights Gender and Governance, and Women Parliamentary Caucus.

In the 2006 presidential and general elections,Wina re-contested her Nalolo seat under the United Liberal Party—a breakaway faction of the United Liberal Party. She lost the election and petitioned the results in the High Court; the case was ruled in her favour but later overturned by the Supreme Court.

Inonge Wina

Inonge Wina

In the 2011 General Elections, Wina again contested the Nalolo seat, albeit under the Patriotic Front ticket, and won. She was appointed National Chairperson for the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and has discharged her duties without fear or favour.

Inonge Wina was appointed the Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs before being moved to be Minister of Gender and Child Development by late President Micheal Sata.

Lungu accompanied by Inonge Wina disembarking from a plane

Lungu accompanied by Inonge Wina disembarking from a plane

On January 26 2015, newly elected President Edgar Lungu appointed Wina as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia.

Wina enjoys reading, gardening and cooking.

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