The magistrate court in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu has released on bail a pastor accused of defilement.
Philip Palibe Ndipo of New Covenant Assemblies of God appeared before court on Monday morning.
He is alleged to have defiled a 10 year old epileptic girl from Kalindira village last week.
Ndipo pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him and applied for bail in which the court set conditions before granted him.
First grade magistrate Crispin Sachuluka ordered the man of the cloth to produce two surities of MK75, 000 each of which he managed to do.
Meanwhile the case returns in court on October 12, 2017 for hearing, this is the day when the state will parade its witnesses to the case.
The 50 year old clergyman is answering a case of defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code.
Officers of the Malawi Police Service in the central region district of Ntcheu have arrested a clergyman for allegedly defiling a ten-year-old girl.
They law enforcers have identified the suspect as Philip Palibe Ndipo of New Covenant Assemblies of God who is based at Kalindira village in the district.
Ntcheu Police publicist told Capital FM that the suspect a 50 year old pastor allegedly defiled the minor who is in standard 3.
Hastings Chigalu disclosed the suspect who is also a close neighbour to the family took advantage of the absence of the girl’s parents and then defiled her.
"Upon return from a borehole, the mother found the girl crying uncontrollably.
When quizzed, she revealed the name of the pastor to be been behind the ordeal," Chigalu explained.
Results of a medical examination that was done Kandeu Health Centre came positive and the victim had bruises to her private part.
Pastor Phillip Palibe Ndipo who hails from Kalindira village, Traditional Authority Njolomole in the district will appear in court soon to answer a case of defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code.
The Limbe Senior Grade Magistrate Court has sentenced a 20 year old man to 15 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for defiling a five year old girl.
Confirming the development with the Malawi News Agency, the Assistant Public Relations Officer for Limbe Police, Widson Nhlane said the accused, Nenani Brown defiled the girl in Soche Township in Blantyre.
He explained that the accused person defiled the girl in his house after taking advantage of the absence of her mother who had gone out on errands in the Township.
The victim revealed the ordeal to her neighbours who noticed that she was having difficulties walking.
The neighbours are reported to have called her mother who reported the matter to Soche Police station.
Medical examination results indicate that the girl was indeed defiled.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charge and was slapped with a 15 year custodial sentence to act as a deterrent measure to would be culprits.
Cases of defilement continue to be registered in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu.
The district has failed to reduce cases of such nature for the first half of the year.
Last year, 18 cases were reported as the case with this year as the number still remains stagnant.
And the latest case is of the arrest of a 47 year old MacDonald Chautsi from Saidi village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in the district.
Chautsi was arrested on Tuesday on allegations that he had his 13 year old epileptic step daughter.
Ntcheu Police publicist Hastings Chigalu disclosed that the suspect who is married to the mother of the victim defiled the girl while his wife was away.
"The suspect took advantage of his wife's absence to defile the step daughter then instructed her not report to anyone of the ordeal.
But despite the instructions, the victim revealed to her mother who later took the issue to the village headman before alerting the law enforcers," Chigalu disclosed.
Medical examination at Ntcheu District Hospital confirmed that the girl had indeed been defiled.
The suspect, who is also answering murder charges and currently on court bail, has been remanded to Ntcheu prison awaiting trial.
He has been charged with defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code.
The Zimbabwean government has proposed a minimum mandatory 60-year jail sentence for people convicted of raping the disabled and minors.
At the same time, the government has proposed a mandatory 40-year jail term for all convicted rape cases.
Information minister Christopher Mushohwe, in a statement late on Tuesday, said the proposals had been made in cabinet as deterrent measures to help stem rape cases.
“Accordingly, government resolved as follows, that a sentence of 60 years of imprisonment be imposed for cases of rape of minors between 12 years of age (sic) and the disabled; and that a sentence of 40 years of imprisonment be imposed for the rest of the cases of rape or sodomy,” part of the statement read.
Mushohwe said the new proposals would help guide the proposed amendments to the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act [chapter 9:33]: minimum mandatory sentencing for rape.
The Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 considers rape as sex with a person below the age of 16.