Vitumbiko Thindwa, a 19 year-old third year student pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in education language, has ascended to the position of speaker in the Chancellor College Student Union (SUCC) having tremendously gone ahead of two male opponents in last week’s polls.
Thindwa faced Andrea Naweta, and Yasin Daudi who were also vying for the mouthpiece position.
It proved to be hard among the Chirunga community to predict who was going to grab SUCC’s most prestigious position but less fingers pointed at Thindwa as the next speaker.
Twelve hours after polling, results were released. The good and the bad news spread across social media platforms like an epidemic.
It was a moment of mixed emotions when Vitumbiko Thindwa’s name topped the race.
Tears of joy oozed from eyes of feminist students who felt female representation is very low in the union.
Thindwa scooped 707 votes seconded by Naweta who got 241 votes and Daudi came last with 207 votes.
Her triumph came as a shock to a large segment of male students whom this journalist approached to grasp their prediction.
They had undoubtedly counted her out of the race, citing her gender as a villain.
However, a selected few expressed their confidence in Thindwa irrespective of her gender and age, factors that were being used as weapons for decampaigning the lady.
A day before the polls, Thindwa was spotted spitting a word of hope amidst an eager group of male students at Quadrangle square, at the College.
This journalist rushed to have an ear of her few words.
She said: “I will put student’s welfare ahead of personal gains and I can assure you that am ready to handle pressure of any intensity.”
Reacting to her victory, the 19 year-old extended her vote of thanks to the Chancellor College Intelligentsia for trusting her.
She promised never to throw her manifesto into the trash bin but put into practical whatever she scribed.
Being the first female speaker in years, she is expected to ensure equal representation of all genders.
Her victory has given hope to other females who have been hiding under the blanket of inferiority. It has been a norm at Chanco that a female cannot be a speaker or be an office bearer of any prestigious position.
Other females who were elected in the executive are; Esther Khao as vice president, Esther Bonyonga as director of women affairs, and Janet Mgawadere as committee member.
Here is the full list of the new SUCC executive:
President: Sylvester Ayuba James
Vice: Esther Khao
Speaker: Vitumbiko Thindwa
Vice: Watson Mbughi
Entertainment Director: Omega Sambakusi
Vice: Yasin Makwinja
Director of Women affairs: Esther Bonyonga
Director of Publications: Fanuel Matandika
Vice: Chisomo Shaba
Director of Catering: Treazer Kambote
Vice: Richard Mwanza
UMSU representatives: Godfrey Pumbwa and Fiskani Nkhoma
Director of Sports: Macdonald Matalala
Vice: Elvis Kasaile
Treasure General: Timothy Chikoti
Vice: Trevor Mphalale
Director of Special Needs: Thandizo Maziyaya
Director of Academics: Johannes Changata
Secretary General: Edward Chilenje
Vice: Mike Munthali
Committee Members: Janet Mgawadere, Ephraim Zulu, George Mwandama, and Eliya Zawanda.