PPRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s government should be commended by the women movements for banning Congolese music maestro Kofi Olomide from entering Zambia after savagely kicking one of his dancing queens in Kenya recently, Given Lubinda has said.
Mr Lubinda, the patron of the National Arts Association of Zambia (NATAZ) everyone interested in a violence-free political environment for women should commend President Lungu on his stance against the vie.
Mr Lubinda said President Lungu had once again shown that national peace should be maintained at all costs and that leaders who were associated with violence should be frowned upon by Zambians.
He said President Lungu as a strong advocate of gender equality has demonstrated his leadership by preaching about protecting the female gender from Gender Based Violence (GBV).
“Make no mistake, Foffi Olomide would have entered the country if President Lungu’s administration had looked the other way. The presence of Koffi in Zambia would have been at variance with the deep rooted beliefs President Lungu has against violence in general and violence or brutality against women in particular, as has been clearly demonstrated during his campaign trail,” Mr Lubinda said.
He explained that Zambians were wondering why some major and vocal women organisations had chosen to keep quiet on leaders in the country who were known to be violent but were quick to condemn Koffi whose acts were committed in Kenya.
“It remains baffling and even disturbing that the women’s groups (apart from NGOCC on Thursday in The Daily Nation newspaper) in Zambia remain silent about of violent men in Zambia but are ready to climb the ant-hill to condemn violence abroad. What happened to charity begins at home?”, Mr Lubinda wondered.
Mr Lubinda who is seeking re-election in Kabwata Constituency challenged media houses in the country to be courageous and expose political leaders who had a nasty history of violence against Zambians in general and their spouses in particular.
President Lungu on his recent campaign trip in Kasama said women must be partners and not punch bags in direct reference some UPND leader who has a documented history of violence.
Mr Lubinda stated that President Lungu warned that if a leader outside government could proudly endorse violence, there was no telling what such a leader could do under the veil and protection of public office.
Mr Lubinda said President Lungu wanted Zambians to know that violence against women was a real political issue that had the capacity of damaging the peace and unity the country was enjoying and should therefore be reject by refusing to vote for violent leaders.