LUSAKA — As the race to State House nears, Zambia Vice-President Inonge Mutukwa Wina has announced her decision not to be considered as a running mate to President Edgar Lungu for this year’s General Election.
Speaking during a briefing on Sunday at Government House in Lusaka, the vice president indicated that age was catching up with her hence the need to pass the button to a younger generation of leaders.
Mrs Wina, who indicated that she had already informed the Head of State about her decision, said she felt satisfied with her contribution to the development of the country.
She applauded the Head of State for having given her the opportunity to serve the Zambian people as first female vice president.
“It’s now time to pass on the baton. I have reached a stage in my political journey where I need to take a different role that will see a new generation of leaders take charge of the affairs of the country especially now that stability has been restored by President Edgar Lungu,” she said.
“I recently turned 80 years and as most of you can agree I cannot summon the same energy as I had when I was a young wife to a freedom fighter taking a position in the trenches.”