GBV fight elates Chief Chi­wala

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By MUYANI SHINJABALE SE­NIOR Chief Chi­wala of the Lamba speak­ing peo­ple in has ap­plauded the ef­forts be­ing made to elim­i­nate Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) in his chief­dom.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view, he said he and many oth­ers in his chief­dom were trained by Zam­bia Cen­tre for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pro­grammes (ZCCP) Kwatu on how to deal with is­sues of GBV.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also put up a sec­re­tar­iat in se­nior Chief Chi­wala’s chief­dom.

The tra­di­tional ruler noted that the re­cently con­structed sec­re­tar­iat in his chief­dom had proved to be ef­fec­tive in han­dling is­sues of GBV among his sub­jects.

He said the train­ing pro­gramme which was con­ducted in his area was aimed at rais­ing aware­ness and pro­tect­ing the peo­ple against GBV.

"The newly con­structed sec­re­tar­iat is a on­estop GBV cen­tre which con­sists of coun­selling, the po­lice and le­gal of­fi­cers specif­i­cally to fight GBV.

"We have zones in the chief­dom.

Vil­lages also con­sist of com­mit­tees that are taught how to record, coun­sel, com­mu­ni­cate and re­solve cer­tain is­sues. If the case is too se­ri­ous, it is handed over to the po­lice," se­nior Chief Chi­wala said.

He noted that due to sen­si­ti­sa­tion of GBV in his chief­dom, the sec­re­tar­iat had re­ceived more re­ports con­cern­ing the vice.

In the past, he said, most peo­ple used to suf­fer in si­lence, but since the es­tab­lish­ment of the cen­tre, peo­ple were open­ing up and re­port­ing the vice.

Chief Chi­wala said ZCCP had equipped the sec­re­tar­iat with a com­puter and other fa­cil­i­ties to com­mu­ni­cate with stake­hold­ers as well as the po­lice.

The tra­di­tional ruler said be­cause of the en­hanced fight against GBV, his chief­dom was headed to­wards elim­i­nat­ing the vice.

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