23 August 2013

Malawi: Ex MCP MP for Kasungu in Police Custody for Defilement

Kasungu — Former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament, Rodgers Sithole has handed himself to police in Kasungu after being on the run for some time on allegation that he defiled two girls at Nkhamenya Trading Centre.

Sithole, 58, according to Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer, Edwin Kaunda, was alleged to have taken two girls from Nkhamenya to Mzuzu and ended up booking accommodation to sleep with him at one of Holiday Resorts in Nkhata Bay.

"Reports also indicate that the former MP defiled the girls again when he booked a room at Nkhamenya Lodge on 3 August, 2013 when he got back from Nkhata Bay.

"Unfortunately, Sithole left the girls there stranded at around 4:00 am," Kaunda explained.

Kaunda said one of the girls upon reaching her home revealed the ordeal to her grandparents the following day who reported the matter to Chatoloma police unit.

"Later, the granny reported the matter to Chatoloma police unit where they were referred to Kasungu District Hospital for medical examination which confirmed that the girl was indeed defiled," he said.

He further said since then, after police instituted investigations, the former legislator had been on the run up until Thursday, 22 August, 2013 when he surrendered himself in the arms of the law enforcers who eventfully put him in the cooler.

The police officer said the suspect, who is also proprietor of Mbapapi Private Secondary School situated at Chatoloma Trading Centre, will answer charges of defilement.

Sithole comes from Mmyanja Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaluluma in Kasungu.

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