Mzimba First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sentenced a 44-year-old Davie Mumba to eight years imprisonment for defiling two young girls aged eight and nine contrary to Section 138 (1) of the Penal Code.
The incident happened on June 6 in 2014 at Ephangweni Trading Centre in Mzimba, but the case was dropped due to missing of medical reports at Embangweni Police Unit.
However, the case resurfaced this year courtesy of a Spotlight Quick Wins Project funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through M’mbelwa District Council Gender Office.
The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charge, but the State, through police prosecutor Patrick Lungu, paraded four witnesses who proved the case against him.
“All the four witnesses have corroborated that the suspect defiled the two girls one after another on June 6 2014 at Kamfule River at Ephangweni, when the girls were returning from school,” Lungu told the court.
Passing judgement, magistrate George Longwe observed that Mumba’s behaviour had affected the two kids emotionally and physically.
In an interview, Mzimba district gender officer Japhet Chirwa said it is good that finally justice has taken its course.
Meanwhile, the Coalition for the Empowerment of Women and Children, a women and child rights organisation, on Wednesday launched a two-year K226 million project called Elimination of Practises that fuel GBV cases in Mzimba.