Controversial singer General Kanene is not short of drama. Barely a year after being released from jail for defiling a minor, he is back in the news for beating a woman for the second time in a little over six months after walking to freedom.
Kanene was a few days after his release accused of being one of his three wives. This time, he is accused of physically assaulting a 32-year-old woman of Lusaka’s Chawama compound, leaving her with a swollen face, black eye and general body pains.
According to The Post who contacted the singer, Kanene, whose real names are Clifford Dimba, charged that the woman was a prostitute who was trying to turnish his “big name”.
In July, President Edgar Lungu pardoned who was later released Kanene from prison where he was serving an 18-year jail sentence for defilement, and appointed him gender-based violence ambassador.
Four days after his release, Kanene beat up one of his three wives after she allegedly denied him sex, an incident the singer said had happened before he went to prison.
When asked why he beat up Modrine Chisenga, Kanene said: “Ayende uko sinimuziba. Obviously chinakolewa, nichi hule. Ine sinikambisana nama hule; yama tibela kuipa nga takolewa (Let her go away, I don’t know her. Obviously she is a prostitute. I don’t talk to prostitutes; they steal from us when we get drunk).”
“So nowadays sinimafuna hule pafupi naine to avoid… because my name is very big. (So nowadays, I don’t want a prostitute anywhere near me).
But Modrine Chisenga, who could barely speak due to the injuries sustained from the assault, said Kanene had no right to call her a prostitute.
“Only if he has paid me to be his prostitute would he know. He has no right, I am a business woman, I supply local bars with alcohol which I order from Zimbabwe. I pray the law can deal with him, he has no respect for women. I have opened a docket. It was not even him I was dealing with,” she said. Chisenga, who said she is a widow, explained that she went to John Howard compound to collect a K360 debt.