Choma man batters wife

AS THE country joins the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV) today, a 21-year-old housewife of Chiutsi Farm area in Choma is nursing a deep cut on her forehead after allegedly being punched several times by her husband on suspicion that she was cheating on him.
Fidess Muntanga, a mother of two, narrated her ordeal at the weekend when Chiutsi Farm manager Troy Nicolle reported the alleged assault to Choma district commissioner Bernadette Hamweemba’s office before taking the victim to the hospital.
“Around 04:00 hours today (Saturday) we were sleeping and my husband woke me up and started accusing me of having a shamwali (boyfriend).
He then started beating me up until I bled. I told him that I don’t have a boyfriend but he continued to beat me,” Mrs Muntanga, who had blood clots on her forehead, said.
She said she did not report the beating, which she claimed was not the first of its kind.
And Mr Nicolle, who  drove Mrs Muntanga to the district commissioner’s office, said he was concerned with the escalating GBV cases against women among his workers.
“From the time I came to Zambia about two-and-a-half years ago, this should be probably the 20th case of a woman being battered by my farm worker who is the husband,” he said.
Mr Nicolle attributed the escalating GBV cases to excessive drinking of illicit local brew by men who frequently patronise shebeens surrounding the farm area.
He asked Government and civil society to help sensitise his workers on the evils of GBV.
And Ms Hamweemba proposed that GBV campaigns be launched at Chiutsi Farm.

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