The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has joined other civil society organizations in condemning Defense Minister Geoffrey Mwamba for a statement attributed to him in the media suggesting that beating a wife by a husband is a sign of love.
ZNWL chairperson Beauty Phiri noted that the statement by Mr. Mwamba is retrogressive to the efforts being made to deter gender based violence in the country.
In statement released to media, Ms. Phiri also noted that the country does not expect a national leader like the Defense Minister to pass such a negative statement in the media as such a statement has a potential to entice young men in the country to mistreat their wives in the name of showing love.
Ms. Phiri has maintained that there is no beating that can be described as loving way beating as Mr. Mwamba was quoted to have said in the media.
The ZNWL chairperson has since encouraged men in the country to promote dialogue in place of physical confrontation as a means of solving problems.
She has also challenged men to team up with their female counterparts in building a cohesive society devoid of violence.