The Non Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has said that President Edgar Lungu should take action against his Political Advisor, Mr Kaizar Zulu for reportedly having physically attacked a female Police Officer after a scuffle with Confederation of African Football (CAF) Officials at the Heroes Stadium on Sunday.
In a statement released to the media yesterday and signed by the Executive Director Engwase Mwale, NGOCC said that they were deeply deeply concerned with Mr. Zulu’s continued public display of disrespect for women, citing an incident in which he assaulted a 25-year old young woman of Lusaka’s Chilenje Township for hooting at him at a Filling Station in July 2016.
Below is the full statement
NGOCC DEMANDS FOR ACTION AGAINST MR KAIZAR ZULU FOR VIOLATING WOMEN’S RIGHTS
The Non Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) demands that President Edgar Lungu shows commitment to the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) by taking action against his Political Advisor, Mr Kaizar Zulu. Mr Zulu was reported to have physically attacked a female Police Officer after a scuffle with Confederation of African Football (CAF) Officials at the Heroes Stadium on Sunday.
As a focal point of the women’s movement in Zambia, NGOCC is deeply concerned with Mr. Zulu’s continued public display of disrespect for women. Just in July 2016, he assaulted a 25-year old young woman of Lusaka’s Chilenje Township for hooting at him at a Filling Station. As a senior Civil Servant and Advisor to the Republican President, Mr Zulu’s conduct has failed the country and is grossly demeaning the decorum that comes with his office.
According to the 2016 Zambia Police statistics on GBV, the country recorded 18,540 cases compared to 2015 where 18,088 cases were reported. This showed an increase of GBV by 452 cases translating to 2.4 percent increase. This is a very high number which, apart from costing the country a lot of money on medical bills associated with GBV, is also lowering the status of women in the country. It is totally unacceptable that a senior government official should be allowed to perpetuate this status quo. Therefore, the commitment by the Head of State, especially in his capacity as the He-For-She champion is imperative in this case.
The President owes it to the women of Zambia to ensure that he works on harnessing a national environment that is free from gender based violence and indeed any other violation against women and girls. Hence it is our expectation that public officers like Mr Zulu have no place in our Zambian society or elsewhere.
In addition, just a few days ago, during the 2017 March 8th International Women’s Day commemoration, the President is on record having expressed great concern on the rising number of GBV cases in the country. It therefore goes without question that the President should move into action and decisively “Walk The Talk” on his Political Advisor.
ENGWASE B. MWALE