By Serah Makondetsa:
Former State president Joyce Banda on Friday hosted Malawi’s first-ever female Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani- Hara and first-ever Lilongwe City female Mayor Juliana Kaduya to celebrate their success.
Banda said Malawians must celebrate that Malawi was among a few African countries with women serving in top positions in all three arms of the government.
“We are also seeing other two arms of the government of the Judiciary and Parliament being led by women in Africa.
“Rwanda has the largest number of women in Parliament in the world. Malawi is a nation of women achievers and our younger women should be inspired and motivated to aim for the top,” she said.
Banda urged Gotani- Hara and Kaduya to put the interests of people first when discharging duties.
“Leadership is a love affair. You must fall in love with the people you serve and the people must fall in love with you. I mean, strive to be a servant leader. It does not matter where you are a leader; be it in church, bank, Parliament etc the principle is the same,” she said.
“Stay the course; do not allow haters to divert you from the path of excellence. Do not fight back; do not respond. There would be too much dirt thrown at you. You will waste too much of your precious time and energy focusing on it. Please remember hatred, anger and bitterness drain a lot of energy. You will need all the positive energy on your journey.
“Continue to respect others, continue to be a good listener, continue to reach out and help others especially fellow women. Continue to give a lot of love. Please, reach out and give more, remember that, by giving more, you receive more. Not the reverse,” Banda added.
Gotani-Hara succeeded Richard Msowoya. Between 2000 and 2014, Gotani-Hara served as minister of Health, then for Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.
Banda was Malawi’s first female State vice-president in 2009 and became president after the death of the then president Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5 2012.
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