Brother and sister with 5 children in court for incest

Brother and sister with 5 children in court for incest

Bertha Mwenda Chipapuka and her elder brother Mukuwa Nicholas Bulaya yesterday appeared before the Serenje Magistrate’s Court in which the charge of incest they are facing was explained to them.
Chipapuka, 35, and Bulaya, 38, have been married for 14 years and they have five children, with their first child being 13 years and the last aged 11 months.
The siblings appeared before magistrate Penstone Chiluba for mention and he explained to them that they were each charged with incest.
INCEST-SERENJE-COUPLEAround 09:50 hours, Chipapuka entered the dock carrying her 11-month-old baby while Bulaya looked on as she gave her particulars to the court.
“Your honour, this matter has come for mention and explanation of charges,” Patrick Nkadula, a public prosecutor told the court.
Then Chipapuka told the court that she lives at Bulaya village in Chief Kabamba’s area.
Mr Chiluba told her that she was not entering plea because the State was waiting for a go-ahead from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on how the court would proceed with the case.
Mr Chiluba informed Chipapuka that she was facing an offence of “incest contrary to Section 159(1) of the Penal code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia as read with Act number 15 of 2003”.
It is alleged that between January 1, 2000 and December 29, last year in Serenje, Chipapuka had unlawful carnal knowledge of Bulaya, who to her knowledge is her biological brother.
“Do you understand the charge,” Mr Chiluba asked Chipapuka, who responded: “Yes” as she nodded her head.
Bulaya is also alleged to have had carnal knowledge of his immediate younger sister Chipapuka and he committed the offence between January 1, 2000 and December 29, 2013.
Bulaya, who entered the dock around 09:55 hours when asked if he, too, understood the charge slapped on him, said: “Yes, I have understood”.
Mr Chiluba further told the couple that they would not be appearing in court for mention until the DPP issues instructions to the State on the matter.
He adjourned the matter to January 20 this year for mention and he told the two that they would be remanded in custody.
Outside the court, the duo’s family members kept a distance from Chipapuka as she was attending to her child.

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