Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu pardoned Clifford Dimba in July and appointed him an ambassador for women’s rights. Dimba, known as General Kanene, served a year of his 18-year sentence.
Four days after his release, Zambian media reported that Dimba beat up his wife. In October, Dimba was arrested for allegedly assaulting another woman in a pub. He was released on bail.
Sarah Longwe, Chairwoman of Zambia’s Non-Governmental Organization Coordination Council, said Dimba was pardoned after he recorded a song praising Lungu during his 2014 presidential campaign.
Dimba’s pardon trivializes sexual violence in Zambia, said UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Simonovic.