11 December 2012

Zambia: Dad Caged 30 Years for Sex With Daughter

THE Lusaka High Court has sentenced a man of Kafue to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour for having sex with his 17-year-old daughter.

Kelvin Kamanga, 38, a business executive was facing one count of incest contrary to Section 159 (1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Kamanga between January 2010 and September 2011 had unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl knowing too well that she was his biological daughter.

Judge Sharpe Phiri in passing her judgment said the parent abused his position of trust and in so doing he caused irreparable damage to the life of his own daughter.

"I have taken into consideration that the convict is the victim's biological father who was in a position of trust and ought to have protected his daughter not to cause harm to her.

Instead, he abused his position of trust, as father abusing his own vulnerable child is repugnant to the moral sense, I accordingly sentence you to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour," she said.

Ms Justice Phiri said incest was a serious offence, which was becoming prevalent in the country.

The girl in her testimony told the court that she was staying with her grandmother from the time she was young, but she decided to start staying with her father when she located him in 2010.

She said she found her father married but he decided to chase her step-mother.

Soon after her step-mother left in 2012, he forced her to have sex with him and asked her not to tell anyone.

She said after a year again in September, her father had carnal knowledge of her but this time she decided to leave him and went to stay with her mother in Lusaka's Mtendere Township where she became pregnant.

"When my aunt asked me who had impregnated me, I told them that it was Joe who was called and admitted responsibility of the pregnancy and was charged, but later when my father heard that I was four months pregnant, he told Joe not to get worried about the pregnancy because he knew who had impregnated me," she said.

She said it was at that point that her relatives on her mother's side got concerned and reported her father to the police Victim Support Unit so that he could tell the police who had impregnated her.

While at the police she revealed that she had sex with her father twice in his bedroom.

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