Zambians have condemned the release of Clifford Dimba, well known as General Kanene from prison after barely serving a year in prison.
Yesterday, President Edgar Lungu pardoned Kanene, who was convicted of defiling an underage girl and sentenced to serve 18 years.
Kanene’s release has been described as a hinderance to the fight against gender based violence and rape.
Lutangu Wasilota wrote “Edgar please you are promoting defilement iwe mudala! ok pardon all those jailed for defilement. what is so special with kanene? just because he did that song for you and now you pardon him? zambia going to the dogs with pf in power”.
An angry, Myante Troy Sinkonde also said,” Just because you want him to campaign for you in 2016, President Lungu you don’t have to draw us back in the fight against GBV and Rape”.
Favour Kinga Chilengi said “There are many people in the prison who are suffering for nothing, benangu banaba nkunku but bakali mu prison bt hm hu dfilled a young girl atiba muchosa nomupasa kapoto hell no thats rubish,,just bcoz he is famous and the likes,thats y coruption in zambia wil never end.Young girls out there be careful the beast is out”.
“People are applauding the release of guilty criminals. So wheres the justice for the girl that was defiled? Lungu can do no wrong in some of you idiots eyes,” said Enoch Mainza Hankombo.
However, President Lungu said he received a very good reference of the former incarcerated musician.
He said prison authorities recommended to him to exercise clemency over Dimba.
The President has since urged Dimba to be an ambassador to speak against all forms of children and women abuse.
“I commission you to be a messenger fight against child and women abuse. Children and women are very much victims of abuse.” he said.