Zambia: NGOs urge President Lungu to discipline senior advisor Kaizar Zulu

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has joined hands with those demanding that Zambian President Edgar Lungu takes action against his Political Advisor, Kaizar Zulu, who reportedly attacked a female police officer after a scuffle with Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials during the CAF Under-20 AFCON final match at the Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, on Sunday.

The NGOCC executive director, Engwase Mwale, said in a statement that “As a focal point of the women’s movement in Zambia, we are deeply concerned over Mr. Zulu’s continued public display of disrespect for women. Just in July 2016, he assaulted a 25-year-old young woman at Lusaka’s Chilenje Township for hooting at him at a Filling Station.

"As a senior Civil Servant and Advisor to the Republican President, Mr Zulu’s conduct has failed the country and is grossly demeaning the decorum that comes with his office.”

She said the President owes it to the women of Zambia to ensure that he works on harnessing a national environment that is free from gender based violence and indeed any other violation against women and girls and that it is therefore their expectation that public officers like Zulu have no place in the Zambian society or elsewhere.

“Just a few days ago, during the 2017 March 8th International Women’s Day commemoration, the President is on record to have expressed great concern on the rising number of GBV cases in the country. It therefore goes without question that the President should move into action and decisively 'Walk The Talk' on his Political Advisor,” Mwale added.  

Zulu reportedly picked up a fight on Sunday with CAF officials after they stopped him to be on the podium with President Lungu and CAF President Issa Hayatou during the medal presentation.      

In the process, Zulu is accused of having assaulted a stewardess.
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16 march 2017 15:27:06

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