Lusaka residents warned against GBV

Lusaka Mayor, Mulenga Sata
Lusaka Mayor, Mulenga Sata

Lusaka Deputy Mayor, Mulenga Sata, says Government will not spare any husband or wife involved in Gender Based Violence in this country.

Mr Sata said in most cases, women and girls are the most victims of Gender Based Violence, a trend which he said should be curtailed at once.

He said this in a Speech read on his behalf by Chawama Ward One Councillor, Potphar Tembo, at Chawama grounds in Lusaka today.

He said this is the reason   government has joined hands with non -Governmental Organisations like Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) and other co—operating partners to fight the vice.

Mr Sata said the Young Women’s Christian Association, through the Men’s Network, has been working with men in preventing violence against women since 2004.

He warned men as the major perpetrators of GBV cases of stern action once found wanting by the laws of this country.

The deputy mayor stated that law enforcement agencies should always be alert and bring the perpetrators to book in order to eradicate the vice which has disadvantaged mostly women and young girls in this nation.

“Gender Based Violence is an illicit vice which should be avoided by all loving husbands and wives. We know that mostly Gender Based Violence is caused by men. In few instances caused by women but go un-reported for fear of embarrassment on the party of men,” Mr Sata said.

Mr Sata stated that this year’s theme is a good one and urged all concerned citizens to join hands with all stakeholders to fight Gender Based Violence in this country.

He said the law enforcement agencies will not spare anyone found wanting abrogating the law dealing with Gender Based Violence.

He noted that this year’s 16 Days of Activism theme of “One Zambia One nations Against Gender Based Violence’’, should not just be a slogan but a principle that should drive everyone to attain zero tolerance against gender based violence in Chawama and the nation as a whole.

Mr Sata said men and women should always live in peace in order to bring up their children in an environment conducive for the growth of children in Zambia.