Chanda Kasolo

PRESSURE has continued to mount for Chadiza’s Bwanunkha PF ward councillor Paul Zulu who is alleged to have defiled a 14-year-old girl to face the law.

Zulu is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of the girl from Jungujane village in chief Maguya’s area on October 9 last year but has not been arrested.

Eastern Province police commissioner Luckson Sakala told journalists that the defilement was reported to Msupadzi police post.

“I would like to confirm that Msupadzi police post received a report of defilement on 10th October 2018 at about 09:00 hours. The 14-year-old girl of Jungujane village chief Maguya was defiled by the suspect Paul Zulu, a councillor of a particular ward in Chadiza district. The suspect has since run away and police have launched a manhunt for the same suspect. The victim was given a medical report

form which has since been submitted to the police,” Sakala had said then.

But Zulu has since resurfaced and attended council meetings.

Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo said if he had powers to discipline councilors, he would have already disciplined Zulu.

“That is a very sad situation. I wish I had power to discipline councillors because by now he would not have been a councillor. He doesn’t deserve to be a councillor and I am very sad that he is still

roaming the streets,” he said. “All I can do is to talk to the police and the prosecution authority to see where we are. There is independence between the prosecutions authority and the police so surely this must move quicker.”

Kasolo said he would follow up the matter.

Recently, gender minister Elizabeth Phiri, chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people and Caritas Chipata governance unit programmes officer John Mthaziko Zulu also said the law should take its course over the matter.

But sources in Chadiza reveal that there were frantic efforts to ensure the Zulu does not face the law by manipulating the years of the minor from 14 to 17.

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