Officials At The United Nations (U.n.) Are Outraged After Zambian Singer General Kanene Retained His Title As An Ambassador For Women And Children's Rights, Despite His Multiple Charges Of Sexual Assault.
Last year (14), Kanene, real name Clifford Dimba, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and sentenced to 18 years behind bars.
However, President Edgar Lungu pardoned the 30 year old after just one year in jail, and subsequently appointed him as an ambassador for women and children's rights.
"As you go out there, I would like to commission you to be a messenger," Lungu declared when Dimba was released from prison in July (15). "Please don't let me down."
Dimba was arrested again in October (15) for allegedly assaulting a woman in a pub, and he was charged with sexual assault. He was later released on bail.
Experts at the United Nations are now calling on Zambian officials to withdraw Dimba's appointment, as well as lobbying to stop pardons for crimes against women and girls in the country.
"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," U.N. Special Rapporteur on violence against women Dubravka Simonovic says in a statement. "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. Rather, Clifford Dimba has been placed in a prominent position and even portrayed as a role model to fight violence against women."