Disabled old man held over defiling granddaughter

Police in Nchelenge District of Luapula Province are holding a seventy year old disabled man for allegedly defiling his thirteen year old Grand Daughter.

Luapula Province Deputy Police Commanding Officer, Muwesa Wakwinji confirmed the development to ZANIS.

Mr. Wakwinji said the elderly man identified as Zachariah Mwape of Ndayi Village in Chief Mununga’s area of Chienge District is alleged to have defiled his named grand daughter of the same village around 10:00 hours yesterday.

The Provincial Deputy Police Chief said the accused lured his grand daughter into his house after cheating her that he wanted to give her K 1,000 to buy a pencil.

He said Mwape was caught in the act by neighbors who became suspicious when the two locked themselves in the house.

Mr. Wakwinji warned elderly men against engaging themselves in criminal activities such as child defilement.

He said the Law is not selective and that the Police will enforce it to the fullest regardless of the age of those committing defilement cases.

Mr. Wakwinji expressed disappointment that elderly people who are supposed to be the custodians of Zambia’s cultural norms and values are involving themselves in illicit activities.

The accused Mwape, who walks using his hands due to having deformed legs, has been remanded at Nchelenge Police Station and will appear in Caught soon.

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