Police in Dedza have arrested an 18-year-old boy and are hunting for his accomplice for allegedly defiling two underaged girls.
This is according to Dedza police public relations officer Sergeant Cassim Manda who identified the suspect as Jaiteni Nyumbu who was accompanied by another suspect who is currently at large.
Sergeant Manda said It is alleged that Nyumbu and his friend coaxed the two girls aged five and seven respectively by buying them chips at Hiwa village then the two boys took the victims to a nearby woodlot where they defiled them.
However, the two were caught in the act by one of the sisters to the girls who was apparently fetching firewood in the same woodlot and had heard the two minors screaming.
The sister then took matter to the village headman Nato before the incident sparked an outrage from the villagers who later caught him when he was attempting to escape although his friend had already escaped from the village.
Police says an initial probe into the matter has since revealed that the two boys have been defiling the girls for sometime.
According the publicist, Nyumbu who is a member of Gule wamkulu culture, will also answer a case of grievous harm for hacking an older woman who went to graveyard to fetch the firewood.
It is reported that he hacked the granny while in his Gule wamkulu regalia allegedly enraged by the woman’s act of fetching firewood close to their camp.
Jaiteni Nyumbu hails from Nato village in Traditional Authority Kasumbu in Dedza district.