CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) has condemned the brutal murder of a Katete woman by her husband, a primary school teacher, with a
call on police to ensure the suspect is punished.
On Sunday, a 26-year-old midwife at Kasama General Hospital was gruesomely murdered by her husband in a marital dispute in Katete district.
Police named the deceased as Mumba Kalala of Ibex township in Katete, who had her head almost detached from the body with other parts, with deep cuts.
The suspect, Tobias Mwale, 33, a teacher at Omelo Mumba Primary School, has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife.
BETUZ general secretary Geoffrey Simuntala condemned the killing and urged law enforcement agencies to ensure the law takes its course so that the deceased’s family receive justice.
Mr Simuntala said in an interview yesterday that it is unacceptable for a teacher, who is supposed to inculcate good morals into pupils, to commit such a barbaric act.
“We condemn the barbaric act, it is uncalled for. A teacher is supposed to promote good morals in society, and not be involved in such a vice.
“The pupils he used to teach will now be traumatised when they hear about the brutal act [allegedly] committed by their role model,” Mr Simuntala said.
He is afraid that the alleged murder will erode the confidence that the Katete community have in teachers who have an inherent duty to be role models in society.
“We appeal to all teachers to adhere to ethics, whether at home or at school, and avoid involving themselves in crimes and other vices,” Mr Simumtala said.
The death of Ms Kalala comes at a time when barely a day passes without the Zambian communities witnessing about 50 gender-based violence-related cases.
A recently released annual survey by the Zambia Police Service Victim Support Unit revealed that in 2016, the country recorded 18,540 GBV cases as compared to 18,088 cases recorded in the previous year, showing an increase of 452 cases of GBV.