Two United Nations human rights experts are calling on the government of Zambia to consider appointing anyone else as their ambassador against gender violence. Dimba, who performs under the name General Kanene, was convicted in 2013 of raping a girl in Lusaka, the country’s capital. It was touted at the time as one of very few rape convictions secured each year in a country that’s plagued by child sexual abuse… to compound all the issues children are facing in this country the same rapists is appointed as ambassador against gender violence – did someone lose his rape file ? AFRICA!
“Such an outrageous release and appointment as an ambassador for the fight against gender-based violence not only traumatises the victim all over again but discourages other victims from reporting similar offences,” said Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.
Clifford Dimba, a singer who was convicted of the rape of a 14-year-old girl, has been appointed by Zambia as an ambassador in the fight against gender violence – provoking a backlash from the UN Human Rights office.
Dimba, 30, known as General Kanene, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment, but was pardoned by President Lungu in July after spending a year behind bars. After his release, Dimba was involved in two further incidents of violence against women, but according to local media was released on bail.
“The pardon and appointment undermine the strong message against sexual abuse of women and girls that was sent with the original sentence and trivialise the serious nature of these offences,” Ms. Šimonović said. “Rather, Clifford Dimba has been placed in a prominent position and even portrayed as a role model to fight violence against women.”
Whoever appointed this man should start dis-appointing him right away before many more people, men and women take to the streets – this is the height of nepotism and corruption! For whatever it is worth please dethrone him regardless of the pardon. He represents the very cause he is appointed to fight against.