By Dyna Mtalimanja Banda:
Police in Dowa have arrested 21-year-old Innocent Poita for allegedly sodomising four boys.
According to Public Relations Officer for Dowa Police Station, Inspector Gladson M’bumpha, the boys are between the ages of 11 to 17.
Mbumpha said the incidents happened between 2016 and 2020 in Mwawende Village in Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa.
He said the issue came to light on November 19, 2020 when several boys had gone to the suspect’s house to watch a movie.
“Sitting next to one of the boys, the suspect rested his hand on one of the victims. While the rest of the boys left the house after watching the film, one of them remained there.
“He allegedly told his friends that he was going to spend a night there after being told by the suspect,” he said.
The police spokesperson said some of the boys who were watching the film at the suspect’s house had allegedly also been sodomised by the suspect before and knew what would happen to their friend upon their departure.
“One of the boys told his friends that he had been sodomised before by the suspect and this prompted the other boys to reveal that they had also been sodomised by the suspect for a number of times,” M’bumpha further explained.
The boys later reported the issue to parents of the boy who had remained at Poita’s house which led to his arrest and upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have been sodomising the boys since 2016.
One of the sodomised boys tested positive to sexually transmitted infections after a medical test.
All the four victims are from Mwawende Village in Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa whilst the suspect, Poita, comes from Ndalama Village in T.A. Chiwere in the same district and is expected to appear before court soon to answer the charge of sodomy.
Malawi News Agency-MANA