Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Update on Zambia Imprisonment of Consenting Adults

We have an update on the situation we last read about many months ago. Chambo Ng'Uni reports at
TWO siblings of Serenje, whose marriage of 14 years shocked the nation, appeared in a Serenje Magistrate’s Court for mention after spending seven months in prison on charges of incest.

On Monday and Tuesday, respectively, Chipapuka and Bulaya appeared for mention for the fourteenth time before Mr Chiluba and Mr Ngosa.

They were, however, informed that the State is still awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution on how to proceed with their cases.

How about letting them go free and apologizing?!?

It is alleged that Bulaya, between January 1, 2000 and December 29 last year, in Serenje, had unlawful carnal knowledge of Chipapuka, who is his biological sister.

And so what is the problem???
Mr Chiluba and Mr Ngosa adjourned the cases to August 25 and August 26, respectively, and the siblings are remanded in custody while the State awaits instructions from the DPP.
This is not justice.
Mr Ngandula said Chipapuka will be remanded in custody. On July 28 this year, Mr Ngosa expressed concern that Bulaya has been appearing in court since January for mention and the State has continued applying for adjournments.

“This matter has taken too long, the court does not understand why it should take too long,” Mr Ngosa said. “I am concerned about this.”

Do the right thing and order them to go free! They are being mistreated with these delays. They shouldn't even be in custody in the first place. They haven't harmed anyone.

Dear readers, you may not live anywhere near Zambia, but many countries, and most US states, continue to imprison consenting adults for loving each other. This needs to stop. This family and others are being torn apart for no good reason.

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