Inaugural Speech by Ms. Linda Kasonde Newly Appointed First Female LAZ President

First Female President of the Law Association of Zambia

Ms. Linda Kasonde – First Female President of the Law Association of Zambia

 

The Guest of Honour, UNDP Country Representative, Mrs. Janet Rogan

Judges of the High Court her present

The Learned Attorney General

The Learned Solicitor-General

All State Counsel present

Fellow Counsel

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am humbled and indeed honoured to have been elected as your President. My role as President of LAZ will be to provide a service to you the member s of the Association and to the public at large. As lawyers, we are in a unique and privileged position to be able to provide legal services in every field of endeavor in the public and private sector. We must not lose sight of that fact as there are so many members of our society that are deprived of access to justice, particularly the indigent and vulnerable.

The work of the Association is to regulate the profession, to promote and protect constitutionalism, the rule of law, good governance and social justice and of course to look after the welfare of its members. This is no small task. We need as many of you as possible to contribute towards continuing to make this Association one that we can all be proud of. I am mindful of the fact that you are all very busy people but I urge you to do what you can with what you have, where you are. I also look forward to working with all our stakeholders to achieve our objectives for the betterment of society.

Whilst my role is to be the best president that I can possibly be to each and every one of you, I must acknowledge the fact that I am the first female member of LAZ to be elected to this position. I have long been an advocate for more women to take up leadership positions and am delighted to be an example of the fact that women are capable of competing for high office in spite of the many challenges that we face in doing so. I am equally delighted to have my election into office witnessed by Mrs. Janet Rogan who is the first female guest of honour at a LAZ gala dinner.

But of course I couldn’t have succeeded on my own. I would firstly like to thank my fellow contenders, Mr. Kafula Mwiche and Mr. Sydney Chisenga for putting up a spirited but amicable fight. The passion that you have for the Association is clearly evident and we hope that you will continue to contribute to the affairs of the Association in whatever way you can.

Thank you to my family and my partner Moono for all the love and support that you have provided me on this long and often challenging journey.

Thank you also to all the male champions and mentors in my life who believed in me and my abilities, through which I had the confidence to take risks and face challenges. They are the Late Colonel Clement Mudenda, Mr. Michael Mundashi SC, Mr. Mutila Mulenga, past President Mr. James Banda and immediate past President Mr. George Chisanga.

Thank you to all the members of “Team Linda”. I couldn’t have been blessed with a more dedicated and supportive team. You guys are the best!

And thank you to the members of LAZ for putting your faith in me. I look forward to working with you and the members of the Secretariat to deliver on my promises to you.

Lastly, to all the women and girls out there who are wondering if they have what it takes to succeed, take comfort in the words of Robin Sharma:

“Sometimes you’ll be the only one who believes in your dream. DO NOT STOP. The world needs you to model what’s possible for the rest of us”.

 

 

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