——-A Traditional Leader in Lunga district in Luapula province has emphasized the need to fight Gender Based Violence(GBV) in remote areas of the country.
Chief Nsamba of the Uunga speaking people in the Bangweulu wetlands says despite being prevalent G GBV cases in remote areas have gone without being reported.
Chief Nsamba says there is need to come up with interventions that will see to it that such cases are reported so that the perpetrators of GBV are brought to book.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview in Lunga District today Chief Nsamba said GBV cases such were rife in the Bangweulu wetlands have mostly been triggered by men and youths who have indulged themselves in abuse of drugs and illicit beer drinking.
He explained that as a Traditional leader he deals with many cases of GBV adding that there was still need to supplement efforts of traditional leaders in the remotest parts of the country.
He observed that although the vice was perpetrated against women there are men who are also victims of GBV are shy to come out in the open for fear of being ridiculed in their communities.
Chief Nsama said in order to curb GBV cases in his chiefdom he had given powers to village Headmen to deal with the issues in the villages.
The traditional leader further disclosed that the most common form of GBV is in homes where women are treated like slaves by their husbands adding that despite the violence most women do not report their husbands for fear of losing the marriage.
Chief Nsamba has since called on the Government, and Non-Governmental Organizations to take the matter of Gender Based Violence seriously saying it was an impediment to development.