General Kanene’s conviction cheers NGOCC

The Non Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has welcomed the conviction of renowned Zambian musician, Clifford Dimba, also popularly known as General Kanene for the offence of having carnal knowledge of a minor.

In a press statement to Zambian Eye, Wednesday, NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said her organization was deeply concerned at the ever-increasing sexual cases against women and girls in particular.

“It is totally unacceptable and barbaric for men to continue abusing innocent and sometimes vulnerable young girls,” Ms. Mwale said.  Studies have shown that the effects of sexual abuse of young girls is intense, not only to the victim by to society as a whole.”

Ms. Mwale said NGOCC hoped the conviction and subsequent sentencing of General Kanene will serve as a deterrent to other would be criminals who indulge of these evil acts.  

“We would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our Courts to re-look at the punishment for these sexual offences, as the current ones do not seem to be acting as a deterrent enough given the increased cases” she said.

She said the women’s movement shall not rest until all criminals that sexually abuse women and girls are brought to book.

A Lusaka Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted General Kanene and committed him to the High Court for sentencing after he was found guilty of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a matter that has outraged human rights groups.

Kanene was tried for having defiled a girl which is under the age of 16, contrary to Zambian laws.

The charge when convicted carries a minimum of 15 years sentence or life imprisonment which could only slapped by a High Court.