-Chadiza district in the Eastern province has recorded 27 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the first half of this year.
This was revealed in a status report by Chadiza district Police officer in-charge Chilekwa Mushita to Gender and Child Development Permanent Secretary Daisy Ng’ambi yesterday.
Mr Mushita further explained that out of the 27 cases recorded by the Victim Support Unit the Police managed to secure 17 convictions.
He noted that the other ten cases were withdrawn by the complainants who had reported the cases to the unit.
Meanwhile, the PS also heard that Chadiza district has recorded ten cases of defilement in the first and second quarters of this year.
The Chadiza district Police Officer In-charge disclosed that out of the ten cases reported the Police secured six convictions while the other three were still pending.
Mr Mushita appealed to the Gender PS to consider assisting the unit with transport so that it is able to respond quickly to GBV cases adding that the lack of transport by Police had contributed to victims withdrawing cases reported to the Victim Support Unit.
Meanwhile, Gender and Child Development Permanent Secretary Daisy Ng’ambi implored the Victim Support Unit in Chadiza district to form task force committees that will help to educate the community on the Anti Gender Act.
Ms Ng’amba said the Anti Gender Act was important as it empowers victims of GBV and the community to report anyone engaged in the vice.
Ms Ng’ambi said cases of GBV will only reduce in the district once the committees start carrying out sensitization programmes adding that the information in the Anti Gender Act empowers residents to be on guard for GBV perpetrators.