Court sitting in Nkhata Bay the Northern district of Malawi has sentenced a 21 year old man by the name Gift Lungu to five years imprisonment with hard after he was found guilty for abducting a 16 year old girl at Likoma district.
Nkhata Bay Police Publist Ignatius Esau said Gift Lungu was working as a Social Welfare Officer at Likoma district and he was having an affair with a 16 year old girl.
“On the night of 26-27 May 2017, he took the girl to his house where together they spent a night. The girl’s parents lodged a complaint at Likoma police and later the girl was found at Lungu’s house. Police immediately arrested Lungu and charged him with the offence of abduction which is contrary to section 78 of Child Care Protection and Justice Act”, said Esau.
During his first court appearance, Lungu denied the charge and the state paraded three witnesses and on June 13, 2017, Lungu was convicted.
In mitigation, besides telling the court that he is an orphan, the convict also said he takes care of his grandmother.
When passing sentence, Nkhata Bay First Grade Magistrate Anthony Banda noted with concern that being a social welfare officer, the convict would have been one of the people championing the protection of children’s rights but instead he has turned out to be a threat to them and as such, he concured with the state through Sergeant Keston Chiona that the convict deserved a stiffer punishment.
He was therefore sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour by the presiding magistrate.
Gift Lungu hails from Katumbi village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Katumbi in Rumphi district.