Man arrested for marrying 15 year old

By Vinjeru Ngwira

Police in Kasungu have arrested Mwandionanji Phiri, 19, for marrying and impregnating a 15 year-old girl.

The police have since withdrawn the girl (name withheld) from marriage.

Kasungu Police Spokesperson, Harry Namwaza, said the girl is now 27 weeks pregnant.

He alleges that Phiri started sleeping with the girl in January this year before marrying her later in June.

“The issue came to light when a well-wisher informed Ackim Katawa, who is a Social Welfare Officer in the area of Wimbe, and upon receiving the report he alerted Wimbe Police Unit.

“Phiri was arrested and he has been charged with defilement and he will be taken to court soon. But the girl has since been withdrawn from marriage,” says Namwaza.

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