Ex-Minister Newstead Zimba arrested for assaulting wife

POLICE in Lusaka have arrested former cabinet minister in the MMD Government Newstead Zimba for allegedly assaulting his wife, Naomi.
Lusaka Province police commissioner Joyce Kasosa confirmed Mr Zimba’s arrest, which took place last Friday.
Mr Zimba was released on police bond on Saturday and is expected to appear in court this Thursday.
Ms Kasosa said the former cabinet minister allegedly assaulted his wife after a marital dispute.
She, however, declined to divulge further details on the matter as it will soon be in court.
“Yes, I want to confirm that Mr Zimba was arrested on Friday and he was released on Saturday after interrogations. He will be appearing in court soon,” Ms Kasosa said.
Mr Zimba, who is also a former trade union movement leader, was reported to have assaulted his wife on April 30 at their home in Lusaka after a marital dispute whose nature still remains private.
Ms Kasosa told the Sunday Mail that Naomi reported the assault case to the police and a docket had been opened to pave way for further investigations.
Mr Zimba’s wife also presented a medical report she obtained from the University Teaching Hospital,where she received treatment.
Naomi was reported to have left the family home for fear of possible further abuse at the hands of the former Home Affairs minister.
Mr Zimba divorced his wife of many decades shortly after he was appointed minister to marry Naomi just after the return to multi-party politics.
The Zambian Government has since stepped up its fight against gender-based violence with President Sata and First Lady Christine Kaseba herself  strongly voicing against the vice.

Daily Mail