Police officer arrested for suspected sodomy
Police in Nkhata Bay have arrested a traffic police officer of Chintheche Police Post, Richard Mvula for allegedly sodomising a taxi driver at Matete Roadblock in the district.
Nkhata Bay Police Officer In-Charge, Mike Chona, has confirmed the incident, adding the suspect has been charged with conducting ‘unnatural offense’.
Chona said the suspect was on duty with his routine traffic checks at the roadblock when he stopped the victim—name withheld.
He said the victim was operating his taxi business between Chintheche and Tukombo Trading centres and was stopped at around 6 o’clock in the evening on Monday.
“The suspect charged traffic offenses against the victim and ordered him to pay a spot fine after dragging him to the [police] office. Whilst in the office, the suspect is alleged to have started fondling the victim,” Chona said.
He said the victim reported the matter to Chintheche Police Post, where he was referred to Chintheche Health Centre.
According to Chona, medical results came out positive. The suspect is currently on remand at Nkhata Bay Prison waiting for court hearing.
The suspect comes from Hunga village, Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District.
Social commentator Moses Mkandawire said it is disheartening that law enforcers are in forefront breaking laws.
“Police officers are supposed to be safeguarding the laws not breaking them. If such cases are happening in the police, where will the locals get security? We all know that the incident has proven us right that there is indiscipline in some security institutions,” Mkandawire said.
Currently, there is an investigation of alleged sexual assault by some police officers on women and girls at Msundwe, Mpingu and M’bwatalika in Lilongwe.