A former soldier has appealed to the Legal and Justice Reform Commission to ensure that the Zambian Army stops discharging pregnant female soldiers.
Monde Kunda 29, of Line Messenger compound in Serenje District told the Justice Frederick Chomba Legal and Justice Sector Reform Commission that the practice is discriminatory and infringes on the rights of female soldiers.
She pointed out that recruits are never told about the regulation of serving for three years before falling pregnant.
ZANIS reports that the ex-soldier said this during the Legal and Justice Reform Commission’s sitting held at the Serenje District council’s chambers.
Ms Kunda said that the Zambia Army should henceforth stop discharging pregnant soldiers on account of not having served for three years after being commissioned.
She recommended that the Zambia Army should consider granting the affected soldiers maternity leave and be allowed to come back after giving birth.
Ms Kunda also alleged that the Zambia Army segregates when discharging pregnant soldiers.
She narrated that she and her colleague who were impregnated by non-soldiers were discharged while their colleagues who were impregnated by fellow soldiers were re-called.