President Lungu counsels GBM on GBV

By Nation Reporter

THE Patriotic Front is happy that President Edgar Lungu has continued to advise Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba over his violent record, stating that the UPND presidential running mate should learn to respect women as partners in the governance of the country and not punching bags.

PF information committee member Sunday Chanda said it was gratifying that President Lungu had been traversing the country for campaigns with his wife and had denounced Gender-Based Violence (GBV) for which Mr Mwamba was known for.

Yesterday, while addressing a sea of humanity that attended his rally in Kasama, President Lungu said: “Umwanakashi wandi ni partner nomba bambi bapuma fye abakashi chila bushiku,” (My wife is my partner but I know of someone who beats his wife constantly.”

Mr Chanda said Mr Mwamba and Mr Hichilema had failed to denounce GBV and had remained quiet over the allegations that the UPND presidential running mate had a history of beating up his wife apart from verbally and physically abusing other people.

He said in a statement that President Lungu’s distaste and deep disdain for GBV had resonated with Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda who he said was a key campaigner against the vice.

“GBV is a serious offence in Zambia and women have been reported dead in the past due to brutality from husbands. As the PF, we feel gratified that President Lungu has continued to denounce GBV and political violence and has been preaching politics of decency and civility,” Mr Chanda said.

Mr Chanda said the PF was happy with the reception President Lungu received in Kasama and was confident that the Head of State was headed for a landslide victory in the forthcoming general elections.

He said the mass rally was ecstatic with President Lungu as it went wild chanting, “Lungu! Lungu! Lungu!” as the Head of State confidently reaffirmed his desire and wish to continue developing the province which had in the past given him the most support at the ballot.