‘Real men don’t inflict pain on women,’ Magistrate says as man is jailed 30 days for wife battering


Lusaka Magistrate, Mutinta Mwenya, has sent a strong message to men who abuse their wives, stating that “real men do not inflict pain on women.”

She made this statement while sentencing Emmanuel Mulenga, 41, a security guard from Chilenje township, to 30 days in prison for assaulting his wife, Harriet Chilekwa, 31.

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According to facts of the case, Chilekwa had followed Mulenga to his workplace near their home to inform him that there were no candles at home and that their child was having difficulty sleeping in the dark.

Mulenga responded that he had no money and when Chilekwa replied that she had used all the money given to her in the morning, he reportedly began beating and insulting her.

Members of the public came to her rescue and she reported the incident to the Chilenje Police Station.

Chilekwa sustained a fractured finger due to the beating and Mulenga pleaded guilty to the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Despite his plea for mercy, Magistrate Mwenya emphasized the importance of refraining from violence against women.

She urged Mulenga to become an ambassador against Gender-Based Violence once released from prison.

She said to him, “Real men do not inflict pain on women. Whether you paid lobola or not, do not harm your wife.”

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