Defence Minister, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba was part of the huge PF government leaders delegation that accompanied first Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba when she officially opened Kasama General Hospital one-stop centre for sexual and gender-based violence.
Mr. Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, who is well-known for clobbering his wife was accompanied by his wife Chama.
The other ministers that formed part of the large entourage on tax-payers money to a function that could have been officiated by the provincial Minister or Permanent Secretary, included Healthy Minister, Dr. Joseph Kasonde, Community Mother and Child Health Minister, Dr. Joseph Katema, Transport, Works and Supply Minister, Christopher Yaluma, Gender Minister, Inonge Wina, and officials from the respective ministries.
UNICEF, who are the sponsors of the financiers of the project only sent their deputy country representative, Shaya Asindua.
Speaking when she officiated at the project, Dr. Kaseba said she was concerned about the increase in number of cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in Northern Province and has urged men to be leaders and not abusers of their spouses.
I’m particularly pleased that Northern Province in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has made great strides in implementing the strategies and hence the reason we are all here.
Meanwhile, UNICEF country deputy representative said the Kasama one- stop centre has been provided with both financial and technical support from UN agency. Ms Asindua said there is need to invest in quality education that promotes behavioural change to reduce cases of GBV.
Senior Chief Mwamba of the Bemba-speaking people in Northern Province says ignorance is a major contributing factor to gender based violence (GBV) in his chiefdom.
Senior Chief Mwamba also asked Dr Kaseba to convey his message to President Sata that people in the province are eagerly waiting for him to visit the region.
Dr. Kaseba replied that Sata could not visit the province to thank the people for the votes because people were still mourning death of Chitimukulu.