Branzil Mchimika: took a 12-year old to be his third wife

Twenty-two-year old Branzil Mchimika, who is a renown notorious young polygamist in Nkhota-kota, on Friday was sentenced to serve a nine-year jail term by the district First Grade Magistrate court for defiling a 12-year old girl (name withheld).

According to Nkhotakota deputy spokesperson for the police Paul Maliwe, Mchimika, a polygamist with two wives, took the 12-year old girl as a third wife.

Malimwe said the convict planned to take the marriage with the girl into hiding by taking her to Salima district. Police however, arrested him at Benga as he was traveling to Salima; this was after police received a tip from community members who were aware of the development.

Mchimika pleaded not guilty to the charges, but police paraded three witnesses to prove their case, following which, the convict admitted that he committed the offence. In mitigation Mchimika pleaded for leniency saying he had two wives and many children.

The presiding First Grade Magistrate Kingsley Buleya, denied the plea and said defilement is a serious offence in nature, and attracts the maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The Magistrage added that these cases are common in Nkhota-kota and in other parts of the country.

“The perpetrators deserve stiff punishments as one way of reducing the malpractice,” he said.

Magistrate Buleya said the marriage of the two was unlawful because of the age of the girl; he therefore slapped Mchimika with nine year’s prison sentence with hard labour; this would serve as a warning to the society as well as a way reducing child marriages in the country.

Mchimika hails from Nthanje Village in Senior Chief Malengachanzi in Nkhota-kota.

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