|Mrs Nsongwe and her daughter Lillian at home|
A 34 year old mother of Kapiri Mposhi in the Central Province has been arrested for burning the hands of her seven year old daughter after she ate sweet potatoes at a neighbour's house.
Doreen Nsongwe has been remanded at the Kapiri Mposhi Police Station where she has been charged for the offence of assaulting a child.
"We received a report of a seven year old girl of Kapiri Mposhi being burnt by her mother. The report was given to the Police by the girl's stepfather who said the mother was annoyed because the girl ate at her neighbour's house," said Central Province Police Commissioner Lombe Kamukoshi in an interview.
According to an officer who conducted the arrest in Material Compound, on 9th February, Mrs Nsongwe got hot charcoal and placed it in the hands of her daughter Lillian which ended up burning her severely.
Lillian is a Grade one pupil at Material Primary School.
During her arrest yesterday which this blogger witnessed, Mrs Nsongwe cried, saying she was trying to discipline her daughter when she burnt her.
The arrest attracted a huge number of neighbours, some of whom wailed as she was led away into a vehicle by uniformed Police officers.
The victim, who was visibly traumatised, cried as she noticed that her mother was being led away by police officers.
And Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner Peter Mwiinde vowed that parents who physically harm their children should be prosecuted.
"This is total stupidity. Such parents must be arrested and taken to court. Am ordering all the Police officers in the Victim Support Unit, do not release such culprits, take them to court and let them face the law," said the visibly annoyed Mr Mwiinde.
|The GBV One Stop Center under construction|
Mrs Nsongwe was today expected to appear before a magistrate's court in Kapiri Mposhi.
Her child has now been taken by the District Social Welfare Office which will monitor her progress as she is being treated by medical personnel.
Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a major problem in Kapiri Mposhi.
This has led government to construct the first ever GBV One Stop Center in the District which will serve the whole province.
The center has so far reached roof level and the contractor Workman Limited is on schedule.
K1.4 million is being spent on the project.
"GBV cases here in Kapiri Mposhi are on the rise due to the location of the town. We need this GBV One Stop Center because currently, victims have nowhere to run to," said Kapiri Mposhi District Social Welfare Officer Moses Manasseh in an interview.
He added that once completed, the center will offer refuge to GBV victims and those who do not need shelter will be going there for counselling.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The story on the construction of the GBV One Stop Center was also aired as a report on TV1's Morning Live program on 16 February 2017 and it can be watched here: GBV One Stop Center