MUSOKOTWANE Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ), a Choma based non governmental organization fighting to end violence against women and girls has commended the Choma Magistrate Court for sentencing Choma district Deputy Mayor to nine (09) months imprisonment with hard labour or pay a fine of K10, 000.00 after it found him guilty of perpetrating Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Musokotwane Compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ) Executive Director, Sibbuku Genious Musokotwane says the sentencing of Choma deputy mayor will send a very strong signal to all would be perpetrators of GBV regardless of their office in society.
Mr. Musokotwane adds that despite efforts by government and civil society organizations to campaign against GBV, it is a shame that civic leaders who are supposed to be community champions are in forefront perpetrating gender based violence despite its negative effects on victims and the community.
Mr. Musokotwane states that it is only hoped that the sentence/fine slapped on the Deputy Mayor will help him to deeply reflect, reform and become a champion on ending violence against women and girls if he chooses to use this seemingly unfortunate situation wisely as a public figure.
Mr. Musokotwane further called on the general public to refrain from perpetrating gender based violence adding that the vice is detrimental towards accelerating national development which leaves no one behind.
He urged women to desist from withdrawing cases of GBV from the courts of law in order to tighten the respect for human rights, women and girls.
This is contained in a press statement made available to the press by the office of the Executive Director for Musokotwane compassion Mission Zambia (MCMZ).