—————The Anti Gender Based Violence Task force in Muchinga province has revealed that the province recorded over 569 cases of Gender Based Violence-GBV from January to September this year.
Muchinga province Anti Gender Based Violence Task force Chairperson, Hector Munkondya revealed that in the first to third quarter of the year, 381 cases of GBV were reported.
In an interview with ZANIS IN Nakonde today, Mr. Munkondya explained that 162 offenders were arrested while a total of 26 were convicted.
He said most cases are still in the courts of law.
The Chairperson however said male victims do not come out in the open to report such cases adding that this year only 8 male victims reported.
And Village Headmen in Nakonde District of Muchinga Province have called on government to stiffen laws and punishment for people encouraging early marriages.
The headmen said there is need to strengthen the Anti Gender Based Violence (GBV) Act to stop other wound-be offenders from engaging in the vice.
Meanwhile, Provincial Child Development Coordinator Michael Mwansa urged the headmen to be alert and to report GBV cases such as early marriages and child abuse among others.