Child birth is not supposed to be exposed-Kabwela’s arresting officer

Kabwela with managing editor Amos Malupenga

Kabwela with managing editor Amos Malupenga

Sharon Zulu, the arresting officer in the Chansa Kabwela trial says an obscene matter is something forbidden and offensive.
This was during the continued trial of Post newspaper news editor Kabwela on one charge of circulating obscene matters contrary to the laws of Zambia.
During her evidence in chief led by Lusaka division prosecution officer (DPO) Frank Mumbuna, Zulu said told the court that she was annoyed with the pictures and whoever circulated them.

“Something, which is not allowed like in our culture here in Zambia. We are Zambians we have got things that are not supposed to be exposed.
“In the Zambian set up a woman giving birth needs privacy. You do not really have to expose such a situation like that.”

She said according to the Zambian culture and the Tonga tradition in particular, childbirth was private and was done in the presence of two or three persons and that other people shouldn’t be nearby.

“As a woman, not as a Tonga, I really felt insulted. I felt my integrity had been moved away from me,” Zulu said. “I felt that a woman is nothing now. I was annoyed with what I saw and to whoever did the circulation of those pictures. I was annoyed with Chansa Kabwela for circulating those pictures.”

Zulu said the pictures in question could affect the morals of people or the community that was to see them.

“Traditionally, it was like embarrassing the whole culture. I really do not know, I felt really my moral fibers were affected as a woman,” she said.
But Zulu agreed that Kabwela’s letter and the pictures were not intended for every Jim and Jack in the country.

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