By Hendriner Kagwira
The Malawi Police Service in Thyolo district on Thursday arrested a 24 year old man for allegedly defiling his 15 year old wife.
The wife (name withheld) who comes from the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngolongoliwa went to police to report about her family disputes, this is when the police suspected that the girl was a minor.
Community Policing Coordinator for Thyolo, Dan Sangwa said police initiated an investigation which revealed that the girl was 15 years old.
Sangwa said the development then led to the arrest of Chisomo Mongolo who hails from Mbali Village, T/A Chimaliro in the district.
However, Mongolo told the police that their marriage was registered and blessed at Namilonje Evangelical Church of Malawi in the same district.
“In his statement, the officiating clergy, Charles Malidadi, who is the pastor of the church, told the police that he was surprised to learn that the wife was under aged claiming that he was deceived by the two and their parents.
“It was on 2nd June 2019 when the couple and family advocates went to register the wedding of the two. The pastor informed the police that he was told the lady was 19 years old,” said Sangwa.
Records from Thyolo Police indicate the marriage of the two was blessed on 8th June 2019.
Meanwhile, Mongolo is in police custody and will appear in court soon to answer charges of defilement which contravenes section 138 of the penal code. –MANA