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‘General Kanene’ dismissal welcome

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BELINDA CHABALA, Coma & ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
THE Young Women Christian Association in Southern Province and the Non-Governmental Organisations’ Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) have commended  President Lungu for revoking the appointment of musician Clifford Dimba alias ‘General’ Kanene as an ambassador against gender-based violence (GBV).
YWCA provincial co-ordinator Eric Sakala said in an interview yesterday that the decision is long overdue because allegations that Mr Dimba assaulted a woman portray a bad picture for a GBV ambassador.
“It was a good idea for the President to appoint Kanene as an ambassador.  He could have made great impact with his talent as a musician to campaign against GBV among men, but his alleged current behaviour, although not convicted, portrays a bad picture of an ambassador,” Mr Sakala said.
He said an ambassador is a role model and an example of positive change in society.
And NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said in a statement yesterday that the organisation opposed the appointment of Mr Dimba in the first place.
She said President Lungu’s decision to revoke the appointment will enhance the fight against GBV through the HeForShe campaign.
President Lungu revoked the appointment of Clifford Dimba as an ambassador against GBV on Monday.
The President’s decision to revoke Mr Dimba’s assignment was taken in the light of an assault case he is facing in court.

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