Zambian convicted rapist’s appointment as gender-based violence advocate revoked

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu has announced that he has with immediate effect withdrawn the appointment of musician Clifford Dimba popularly known General Kanene as an ambassador against gender-based violence.

The President’s decision to revoke Kanene’s assignment has been taken in the light of a court case in which he faces charges of gender-based violence.

The singer was once convicted of rape and sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was later pardoned by President Lungu before he again fell foul to another charge of assaulting a woman.

The case is ongoing.

In a letter addressed to the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Ms Janet Rogan, Lungu said the charges against Kanene make it untenable for him to execute the onerous task.

“It was my hope that Mr. Dimba would use pardon and his special skills as a musician to campaign against gender-based violence using his anecdotal experience. However, I regret that he faces before the courts of law allegations of gender-based violence. This does not cast him in a good light to move the campaign forward,” said Lungu.

The decision to revoke Mr Dimba’s assignment was taken in light of the new court case he faces of assault.

The president also assured the UN of his unwavering personal commitment to the fight against gender-based violence in particular and the attainment of gender parity in general.

President Lungu also assured his administration’s full support to the UN agenda to help create a fair society where men and women enjoy equal rights.

He said he had hoped the singer would use his pardon plus his special skills as an effective campaigner against gender-based violence.

Last month, the UN condemned President Lungu for appointing General Kanene as ambassador against Gender Based Violence, saying it will affect the victim.

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