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LUAPULA Province Minister Derrick Chilundika has encouraged women under National Energy Sector and Allied Workers Union (NESAWU) to rise up and take leadership positions not just in the union but in   in  other sectors.

And NESAWU Acting General Secretary has challenged the newly elected women to be above board and make a difference in the energy sector not just the union.

Speaking when he graced the NESAWU national women’s conference in Samfya District on Friday, Mr Chilundika said that time has gone where women were  sidelined in taking up leadership positions.

He said that the new dawn administration of President Hakainde Hichilema has shown a clear path for women to fight for leadership positions.

He further told the NESAWU leadership to remain relevant and fight for its members’ concerns  and needs when bargaining for better conditions of service and salaries.

The Minister charged that the role of the Union is to fight for its members, which he said,  the new NESAWU leadership has to show it can do.

And NESAWU Acting Secretary General Clark Siankulu challenged the newly elected national women committee to be above board and make a difference in the energy sector not just the union.

Mr Siankulu said that the task that lies ahead of the new national women’s committee should not be underestimated and it is enormous.

He thanked all the women who participated in a highly contested election to fully support the new leadership.

Meanwhile, newly elected national women’s committee chairperson MwilaChiluba has pledged to work hard and unite the union’s women membership including recruiting more members.

The new leadership comprises vice national chairperson Memory Mulenga, National Secretary Chisola Memory Mbunji, vice national secretary Ruth tembo, national treasure Irene Handondo, vice national treasure Alice Sakala while four committee members in the names of Faith Chilufya Mumba, Memory Ngwata, Jacqueline Katukula and Brenda Mulenga

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