THE Non Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has noted the decision by President Edgar Lungu to revoke the appointment of musician Clifford Dimba alias ‘General Kanene’ as an Ambassador against Gender Based Violence (GBV).
As an organization, we were opposed to the earlier decision by the Head of State to have appointed a convicted child defiler to champion the cause against Gender Based Violence. This revocation decision therefore fortifies our position on the need for the President to consult widely before making significant decisions.
While the President enjoys prerogative powers to make decisions including pardoning convicted criminals, there is need for a clear framework to guide this process, to avoid situations where the Presidency is mortified. Those who advise the Head of State must at all times insulate the institution of Presidency against such mortifying decisions, that have far reaching consequences on society in general and the women.
It is anticipated that the president will now be a real He For She Champion, and provide the needed leadership in the fight against Gender Based Violence to safeguard the wellbeing of women and the girl child. The reversal of the decision on Gen Kanene is therefore now more befitting for the HeForShe Champion he is.
NGOCC takes this opportunity to once again appeal to President Lungu to reconsider the pardon of Gen Kanene from serving his jail term as he has clearly not reformed given his record in the few months he has been out of prison.