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There was commotion at Ndirande Police in Blantyre Wednesday when The Apostolic Church members stormed police offices demanding an immediate release of one of the members who was arrested at the police station.

Ndirande Police spokesperson, Edna Mzingwitsa, said the church members, who wore white robes, stormed the offices while chanting and carrying placards.

She said the police arrested Zakeyu Mapira, on August 13 2019, and charged him with abduction of a 13-year-old girl and failing to provide necessities to a child.

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“Mapira allowed the marriage of a 13-year-old girl to his 22-year-old son without the consent of the parents of the girl. The girl, who is pregnant, was being kept in the church’s tent and her parents were denied a chance to be taking her to the hospital for antenatal care,” she said.

“We arrested the father, Zakeyu Mapira, but the son, who has defilement charges to answer, is at large.”

Mzingwitsa said the church members left the police premises unsatisfied with how they were assisted, warning to come back for a full-time vigil if their colleague is not released.

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Zakeyu Mapira, 42, is from Chalingana Village, Traditional Authority Changata in Thyolo District.

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