Letter to the Editor

Musicians should be role models

Dear editor,
ZAMBIAN musician, Clifford Dimba popularly known as General Kanene in music circles aged 32 was arrested on Wednesday October 24, 2018 for indecently assaulting a 26-year-old lady in Makeni Villa.
General Kanene is alleged to have touched the breasts and buttocks of a lady on October 16, 2018 at a named restaurant in Makeni Villa against her consent.
This was when the lady was waiting to be served food. Kanene’s action is tantamount to an offence punishable by law.
The musician was a few years ago convicted of raping a 13-year old girl.
He was later pardoned by President Edgar Lungu through the presidential prerogative of mercy.
Musicians sing songs to educate, entertain and above all, inform the general citizenry on various issues. These musicians should exhibit high levels of morality in society.
This is because teaching people through songs is not enough.
They should go an extra mile by being role models in society.
It is, however, good to note that there are musicians who are worth emulating like Madalitso Phiri aka Dalisoul Mwana Wamukomboni where morals are concerned.
You will never hear Dalisoul has assaulted a person let alone insulting.
If my memory serves me right, Kanene allegedly assaulted his wife a few days after he was released from prison.
This was wrong considering the fact that he committed an offence shortly after being released.
In my considered view, the recent arrest of General Kanene for an offence of indecent assault will deter would-be offenders. Musicians should be exemplary in their conduct.

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