GOVT TO PROBE SPOUSE, LOVER KILLINGS

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Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary Edwidge Mutale says government  was concerned at the increasing number of spouse killings.
She said the recent reports of women killing their spouses made sad reading and required that measures were put in place to stop the killings.

She said necessary research was required to help put in place measures to address the rising vice.

Ms Mutale said the problem required a multi-sectoral approach and her ministry would work closely with other ministries and government departments and agencies to establish the root cause behind the spate of spouse killings.

“We [Ministry of Gender] intend to work with the ministries: of Health, of National Guidance and Religious Affairs and of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs to counsel these women involved in spouse killings because no-one can just wake up and kill someone they love,” Ms Mutale said.
She also called on families and society to help with this matter.
She said that when society faced increasing cases of child defilement and other sexual crimes in the 90s, society, civil society and government came together to address the carnage that resulted in Parliament passing a law prescribing punitive measures to curb the vice.

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