KASUNGU-(MaraviPost)—The Malawi Police in the central district of Kasungu are keeping in custody a 32-year old man for allegedly offering to sell his nine year-old son at MK1.5 million.Kasungu Police Station Public Relations Officer Edna Mzingwitsa told The Maravi Post on Wednesday that the suspect Kennedy Benesi committed the offense on June 29 this year when he approached a business man (name withheld) for negotiation on the deal.
The Police Publicist Mzingwitsa said on the first day of the offer, the businessman did not take Benesi seriously as he was drunk.
Mzingwitsa said on the following day, the suspect visited the businessman while sober and talked on the same offer.
“This made the businessman suspicious and reported the matter to police. But as a trap, both the businessman and the father agreed to meet on Sunday, July 3, 2016 for a business transaction.
“On this agreed date, the suspect brought his son at the proposed price of MK1.5 million. However, the two police officers who pretended to be buyers negotiated the price from MK1.5 million to MK1.3 million. It’s when the police arrested the father for his misconduct.
“The suspect is in our custody and will appear before court soon to answer the charge of selling a person as a slave which is contrary to Section 267 of the Penal Code,” explained Mzingwitsa.
Benesi hails from Nduwa village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Wimbe in Kasungu district.