TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has with immediate effect withdrawn the appointment of musician Clifford Dimba alias â€˜General Kaneneâ€™ as an ambassador against gender-based violence (GBV).
The Presidentâ€™s decision to revoke Mr Dimbaâ€™s assignment has been taken in the light of the court case that he faces on allegations of GBV.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda.
In a letter addressed to the United Nations (UN) resident co-ordinator Janet Rogan, the President stated that the allegations against Mr Dimba make it untenable for him to execute this onerous task.
â€œIt was my hope that Mr Dimba would use pardon and his special skills as a musician to campaign against gender-based violence using his anecdotal experience. However, I regret that he faces before the courts of law allegations of gender-based violence. This does not cast him in a good light to move the campaign forward,â€ President Lungu said.
The President assured the UN of his unwavering personal commitment to the fight against GBV in particular and the attainment of gender parity in general.
President Lungu also assured of his administrationâ€™s full support to the UN agenda to help create a fair society where men and women enjoy equal rights.
The head of State expressed gratitude to the UN resident co-ordinator for the confidence that they have continued to show in him as a champion of the â€œHeForSheâ€ campaign and as a promoter of gender equality.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has acknowledged a congratulatory message from the UN to him on the new Constitution.
The President assured that he is personally committed to ensuring that all the necessary next steps are taken to actualise this important law.
â€œI appreciate your kind support and your wishing me congratulations on the new Constitution.Â As I have stated before, my commitment to a free and fair society is part of the reason I ensured that this important document is actualised,â€ President Lungu said.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka