THE Ministry of Finance should seriously consider allocating more funding and resources to the Victim Support Unit (VSU) of the Zambia Police Service in the 2021 National Budget, a Lusaka-based NGO has said.
Zambia National Men’s Network for Gender and Development (ZNMNGD) says adequate resources will enable the police service handle escalating GBV cases effectively.
Network National Coordinator Nelson Banda told the Techwatch News in an interview, “For instance the second quarter of 2020 recorded a total of 4,409 cases. The statistics show that the VSU is handling more complex and traumatising cases that affect the well-being and productivity of women and girls and therefore requires more funding from the Ministry of Finance.
We feel that adequate funding to the VSU in the 2021 National Budget should be prioritised by the Minister of Finance (Bwalya N’gandu) because the Unit handles cases with long term psychological and physical effects on victims.”
Mr Banda said the VSU needs to be well-equipped with transport, equipment, adequate furnished office space and equipment such as cameras, recorders and gloves to make it easier for officers to investigate and prosecute sexual crimes timely and efficiently.
He said the entry point of the implementation of the Anti-GBV Act and therefore requires adequate resources.
“The VSU country wide are faced with transport challenges and lack of equipment including stationery which makes it challenging to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of gender-based violence,” Mr Banda said.