By CHOMBA MUSIKA
POLICE in Namwala have arrested a 23-year-old woman of Niko village for allegedly slapping her six-year-old daughter until she fainted.
It is alleged that the woman slapped her daughter after she refused to be sent on an errand.
Namwala district Victim Support Unit (VSU) co-ordinator Crispin Mubanga said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened on Monday in Mbeza.
Mr Mubanga identified the suspect as Mweemba Moonga while the child has been named as Jennifer Moonga.
This came to light during a meeting of over 30 pupils who converged on Mbeza to review declarations made during a childrenâ€™s indaba organised by World Vision Zambia on June 16 this year.
This was after Senior Chief Bright Nalubamba asked police what they are doing to protect Jennifer who was allegedly assaulted by Ms Moono.
â€œThree days ago, some woman in my village beat up her daughter almost to death. I was told that the woman was taken to police but she was not arrested because she was breastfeeding some other child.
â€œPolice should take action because I wonâ€™t tolerate such behaviour,â€ Chief Nalubamba said.
In response, Mr Mubanga said the woman was arrested but released on police bond awaiting court appearance.
â€œOn August 27 this year, Mr Gift Nalubamba, 27, of chief Nalubambaâ€™s area reported that his wife Ms Moonga sent their daughter to do something but the child refused or did not respond to her motherâ€™s request.
â€œWhen the girl refused, the mother, who got incensed, slapped her on the left eye, an impact which caused the girl to fall down and faint,â€ Mr Mubanga said.
He said Ms Moono was dragged to the Police Station by Mr Nalubamba and she was later arrested and charged with assault on a child.
â€œA medical form was issued so that the young girl could receive treatment for her swollen left eye,â€ Mr Mubanga said.
He warned that perpetrators of child abuse will be prosecuted.
By CHOMBA MUSIKA