MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka
VICTIM Support Unit (VSU) national coordinator Collins Hikalinda says the country has recorded a total of 5,464 cases of gender-based violence from January to March this year.
Mr Hikalinda said Lusaka Province recorded a total of 1,481 during the same period.
He said it is unfortunate that people have continued withdrawing cases despite the robust sensitisation campaigns the department and other organisations are conducting.
“The Criminal Procedure Court provides for victims to withdraw the cases if they so wish and there is nothing the police or the courts could do. Despite this, we have continued discouraging victims to withdraw because the chances of perpetrators committing the same offences are high,” Mr Hikalinda said.
And provincial schools liaison officer Agnes Chilembo said the Anti-GBV act of 2011 has been allocated funds that could be accessed by both men and women.
Ms Chilembo said the Ministry of Gender, which is spearheading GBV programmes, should sensitise communities on how to access the funds.