Government will continue to engage traditional rulers in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) which has reached alarming levels in the country.
Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Robert Taundi said chiefs play an important role in supplementing government’s efforts to remove all forms of human violation in their various chiefdoms.
Mr. Taundi said gender based violence has adverse effects on the economic development of the country because it limits the full participation of those affected.
ZANIS reports that the Deputy Minister was speaking during the re-launch of Action against Gender Based Violence programme dubbed “Drum Beat” at Shimukuni village in chief Liteta’s area in Chibombo district.
Mr. Taundi expressed hope that the Drum Beat programme will contribute to a reduction of gender based violence cases in all chiefdoms across the country.
And Mr. Taundi has called on members of society to report early signs of gender based violence in their homes to the relevant law enforcement agencies.
He said it was inhuman for any human being to trample on other people’s rights and warned that government will not take kindly to perpetrators of this vice.
And chief Liteta, who spoke through Induna Nyeleti, thanked government for choosing Liteta as the focal point chiefdom for implementing the drum beat programme.
Earlier, Chibombo District Commissioner (DC) Maxwell Mang’wato, said the drum beat programme has proved to be the best practice for tackling gender based violence related cases