A 22 year old woman, Fiskani Lungu has been arrested by the Police at Ekwendeni for dumping a baby in a pit latrine to save her long time marriage.
Mzuzu Police Publist Martin Tul Bwanali said the suspect is married and her husband went to South Africa to look for greener pasture.
“The suspect was staying with her mother and in April this year, she discovered that her daughter was pregnant and when asked about the man responsible, the suspect could not spit the beans”, said Martin.
He added that on September 08, elders of the area noticed the suspect was no longer pregnant.
“They quizzed her and she told them that she had given birth and had dumped the baby in a pit latrine allegedly to save herself from possible divorce from her husband”, he added.
Police were informed and together with the community members demolished the pit latrine where the baby was found but already dead.
Fiskani Lungu of Mbiriyawaka Village under Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District is expected to appear in court soon to answer the charge of concealing the birth of a child contrary to section 232 of the Penal Code.