General Kanene’s third wife Sharon who was savagely beaten up by her husband Sunday evening has reportedly gone missing.
And State House sources have disclosed that President Edgar Lungu is considering firing Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba who recommended the pardoning of General Kanene.
Close family members revealed that Sharon in the company of her Aunt met Mr Mwamba last evening at named Bar in Chawama who offered beer and money to coerce them not to lay charges.
They say that Sharon later returned home very late and took her clothes and her youngest son without disclosing where she was going.
When family members questioned the Aunt who accompanied Sharon to meet Mr Mwamba, she disclosed that Mr Mwamba offered lots of money and arranged a secret hiding place for Sharon until the story dies down.
And information has emerged that Sharon has two children with Kanene who has been constantly abusing her from the time they got married.
Family sources have said Sharon was once a beautiful young lady before meeting Kanene but has been left with a lot of scars due to constant beatings.
They also dismissed as untrue the statement by Mr Mwamba that one of Kanene’s two other wives might have beaten her up.
Meanwhile, pressure is growing on Mr Mwamba after he was blasted by President Lungu for the latest Kanene scandal.
State House sources have revealed that President Lungu is personally upset with Mr Mwamba because he was the one who engineered Kanene’s release.
They said that President Lungu is now seriously considering firing Mr Mwamba for bringing his name into disrepute.
They added that President Lungu is getting tired of ‘cleaning up’ too many scandals by his close officials and did not want to be embroiled into another scandal since he is still dealing with the Kaizer Zulu and Davies Chama scandals.
And The Zambia National Women’s Lobby Board Chairperson Beauty Katebe who had supported Kanene’s release from jail is disappointed with the singer for violently attacking his wife three days after being released from prison.
Mrs Katebe said that it has become apparent Kanene deceived the correctional service into believing that he had reformed and was ready to contribute to society as a law abiding citizen when in fact not.
“Mr. Dimba’s actions clearly show his lack of respect for women which should be condemned in the strongest terms. Mr Dimba has proved to all Zambians that he was not worthy of the prerogative of mercy extended to him by His Excellence President Edgar Lungu as he has not reformed,” Mrs Katebe said.
She has since urged Sharon to report the matter to police and allow the law to take its course.
“We however remain optimistic that citizens who have been incarcerated can reform and therefore should be given an opportunity to prove themselves.”
And Zambia Civic Education Association Executive Director Judith Mulenga said President Lungu must send Kanene back to prison and look for a worthy praise singer.
“If you are an advocacy organisation like us at Zambia Civic Education Association, we call this boomerang advocacy on the part of the President. He clearly miscalculated on his Theory of Change analysis,” Mrs Mulenga said.
“If you are a poet, you would say this is poetic justice has been served on President Lungu. If you were a cynic you would say the chickens have come home to roost. Need we say more?”
She added, “Mr. President, you blundered, period. And we told you that releasing Kanene and making him an ambassador for GBV is going to haunt your Presidency and the haunting has started even before the ink which you used to sign his release has dried!!!”
“If you had read the case record of Kanene you would have seen that he abducted the girl he defiled around midday and she was coming from school in uniform in the company of her friend and a cousin. During trial he composed akasapato whose lyrics mock the whole concept of sex with a child.”
Mrs Mulenga added, Now if I were the President I would have asked myself these questions:
1. Who looks for sex during lunch time instead of lunch?
2. Who finds a girl in primary school uniform sexually alluring?
3. Does a person who can brazenly compose akasapato appreciate societal values and laws that protect children?
4. Does the person understand the definition of GBV?”