POLICE in Petauke are holding a 32-year-old Baptist Church pastor for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old niece. Eastern Province police commissioner Alex Chilufya said the pastor, Masautso Mwanza, is said to have committed the offence in June this year.
“Petauke police are holding a pastor named Masautso Mwanza, aged 32, of Baptist Church, in the case of defilement of a minor, whereby he defiled and impregnated his niece, aged 14yrs, of the same abode. This occurred in June 2017 in Petauke. The suspect is in police custody helping with investigations,” Chilufya said.
And Chilufya said a 10-year-old girl drowned in Lunkuswe river in Chipata.
“This matter was reported by Thomas Njobvu of Chaola farms, chief Chikuwe in Chipata district that his daughter Falace Njobvu aged 10 of the same abode drowned and died in Lunkuswe river in Mbenjere area near Eastern Girls Secondary school. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at 10:30 hours at Lunkuswe River in Mbenjere,” he said.
Chilufya said the body was retrieved by Fire Brigade and inspected by the police and it had no injuries.
He also said a seven-year-old boy drowned in Mambwe while swimming with friends.
“Mambwe drowning incident; reported by Patrick Zimba aged 47 of village Chipumba, chief Jumbe, Mambwe, a peasant farmer, that his grandson Dalitso Phiri aged 7 of same abode drowned in Lutembwe stream whilst swimming together with his friends. The body was retrieved and no foul play suspected. This occurred on 22 September 2017 at around 15:30 hours in Lutembwe Stream,” said Chilufya.