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Zambia: Censorship row over song that encourages child sexual abuse

14 February 2014

Lyrics of a hit song which border on encouraging sex with an under-age was condemned in a press statement by the Children’s News Agency and as a consequence, the song ‘Kanselele’ was banned on several radio stations.

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Unrelated to the row over Krummy’s hit song ‘Kanselele’, a few weeks later, the musician Clifford Dimba – also known as General Kanene – was sentenced by the Lusaka High Court to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour after being found guilty of having unlawful carnal knowledge with a girl below the age of 16.

The following two media releases on the matter were released by the Children’s News Agency:


PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CHILDREN’S NEWS AGENCY (CNA) ON ZAMBIAN MUSIC

For immediate release (January 21, 2014)

Music is a very important tool for disseminating information to the public, and the messages in music can influence various behaviours in society. Explicit content in Zambian music is on the rise and this is not good for children living in today’s society. The Children’s News Agency (CNA) would like to express disappointment over the lyrics in the song, ‘Kanselele’ by local artiste Krummy. The song depicts a situation where a man cannot reach his loved one and therefore lays his hands on any other female near him.

One line in the song which features renowned veteran artists J.K and King Dandy says, ‘nangu ni ka sukulu, kanselele’ (meaning even if it’s a school going child). In the Zambian context, we understand a ‘ka sukulu’ as a school girl between pre-school and grade 12.

This song is unacceptable as it promotes certain behaviour in men who might in turn end up committing crimes like defilement. CNA is very disappointed that as the government and other stakeholders strive to end child sexual abuse around the country, artists like Krummy are composing songs that promote the vice and radio stations are giving such tracks airplay and backed by renowned artistes like JK and Dandy Crazy.

The Agency strongly condemns all radio stations and public places playing this song and allowing it to be voted for and danced to by the public.

The CNA therefore requests for the removal of the line, nangu ni Kasukulu’, from this song or the removal of the song from the airwaves (if not changed).

The Agency also requests for the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) and the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to monitor and regulate the content of Zambian music to ensure that it does not infringe on the rights of the child especially the girl child.

We also seek the support of the Ministry of Gender and Child Development, the Child Protection Unit of the Zambia Police Service, religious organisations and other civil society organisations in stopping the spread of such elicit music on our airwaves and in public places.

Lastly we would like to state that we have given the artiste, Cr 7 days to adhere to our requests after which we shall seek further redress.

We would like to remind the artist Krummy that Zambia is a signatory to international and regional treaties that do not condone child sexual abuse or violence against children. The country also has a number of laws that protect girls against any form of violence or abuse and as children we will not stand by and watch any act that promotes violence against us, children.
Zambia has ratified, without reservation, four international human rights treaties such as the International Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

At regional level, Zambia is a party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Protocol on the Rights of Women), the Protocol on the Prevention and Suppression of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children (Great Lakes Protocol), and the Southern African Development Community Protocol on Gender and Development (SADC Gender Protocol.

The Zambian Constitution includes a number of rights that impose upon the government a duty to eliminate sexual abuse. Articles 11 through 24, known as the fundamental rights provisions, include the rights to life, liberty, security of person; protection of the law; protection from torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment; and protection of young people from exploitation. The Zambian Penal Code is the primary instrument applied by courts against perpetrators of sexual violence. There are provisions in the Penal Code that criminalize rape, attempted rape, and defilement.

The Anti-Gender-Based Violence Act, 2011, passed by the Zambian Parliament provides for the protection and assistance of victims of gender-based violence.

The Children’s News Agency is the only news agency in Zambia run by children. It is a project under the Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD).

Released by members of the CNA bureaus in Kabwe, Kitwe, Lusaka and Petauke

For further information
Contact MNCRD on;
Tel: 211 250023/0977 895015/ 0979 611 188
Email: medianetcrd@gmail.com

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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CHILDREN’S NEWS AGENCY (CNA) ON THE CONVICTION AND SENTENCING OF GENERAL KANENE

For immediate release (February 6, 2014)

Today marks a special day in our fight against abuse of children especially sexual abuse. This is because today, the Lusaka High Court has sentenced musician Clifford Dimba also known as General Kanene to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour. Kanene, who was convicted by the Lusaka Magistrate Court after being found guilty of having unlawful carnal knowledge with a girl below the age of 16, had been committed to the High Court for sentencing.

Magistrate Rogers Kaoma convicted the musician, after he found him guilty of defiling a named Grade 7 pupil of Kamwala South Township. According to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) age test, the girl was 13 years and eight months at the time of the incident.

We strongly welcome the move by Magistrate Kaoma and the High Court Judges. We thank them for the passing the verdict in this manner. The perpetual scourge of child sexual abuse has been rampant over the years and their perpetrators have eluded the system time and time again.

As CNA we believe protection of children begins with our local celebrities who should be able to differentiate between their child fans and adult fans. We echo Magistrate Kaoma’s words, “as a musician, Dimba should behave as a role model and not take advantage of his young fans by having unlawful carnal knowledge of them”.

We urge our musicians to lead by example by ensuring that lyrics in their songs do not infringe on the rights of the child especially girl children because we believe this is where it all starts from. When musicians begin to sing lyrics such as ‘nangu ni ka sukulu, Kanselele’, which means the man who had no access to his wife or girlfriend could go to a school-going girl.

Kanene’s conviction and sentence, is a win for us as children across the country. This is a lesson to people out there who need to know that regardless of your social status the law is the law, and those who go against it will be punished.

The Children’s News Agency is the only news agency in Zambia run by children. It is a project under the Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD).

Released by members of the CNA bureaus in Kabwe, Kitwe, Lusaka and Petauke

For further information
Contact MNCRD on;
Tel: 211 250023/0977 895015/ 0979 611 188
Email: medianetcrd@gmail.com


Published on youtube.com on 16 December 2013

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» Times of Zambia / AllAfrica.com – 30 January 2014:
Zambia: ‘Banning’ of Kanselele Lesson to All Artistes
Hit song Kanselele condemned, singer given seven days to remove ‘offensive’ lyrics
» Also posted on allafrica.com

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