Randy Teacher nabbed in Mazabuka for illegal abortion
Mazabuka, July, 2013, ZANIS — A Clinical Officer at Johnson Medical Clinic in Mazabuka Township has been nabbed by police and remanded in custody at Mazabuka Central police station in connection with an illegal abortion.
Mr. Godfrey Sitali, aged 51 years and proprietor of Johnson Medical Clinic situated along the Mazabuka – Livingstone road, was arrested by police in Mazabuka yesterday.
The arrest is aimed at helping Police to carry out thorough investigations into an abortion case involving a named 16 year old pupil that was impregnated by her school Teacher Kelvin Mphande who is also in police custody.
ZANIS reports from Mazabuka that Southern Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the arrest of Sitali in an interview in Mazabuka, today.
Ms. Katanga stated that Sitali has jointly been charged with 23 year old Mphande with the offence of supplying drugs or instrument to procure an abortion Contrary to Section 153 Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Before his arrest, an identification parade was conducted at Mazabuka Central police station on Thursday afternoon were a girl was asked to identify the man who administered the drug to her in order to effect an abortion.
Police sources at the station disclosed that as part of their investigations into the matter, they needed to make sure that the girl is given an opportunity to identify the person that gave her the drug to avoid any complications once the case goes to court.
“ We had to conduct an identification parade so that the girl could identify the exact person who gave her the drug and the girl did exactly that.
“ She actually identified Sitali three times as being the person that gave her the drug at the clinic, “disclosed a police source.
The suspects are remanded in police custody and will appear in court soon to answer the charges leveled against them.
Mr.Mphande a mathematics teacher from Habuce Private School is alleged to have impregnated his pupil whom he later assisted to have the pregnancy aborted at one of the private clinics in the township.
The pupil’s education currently lies in disarray as she has failed to report for school lessons following the incidence.
Meanwhile, some Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’S) in Mazabuka Township have called on relevant authorities to quickly move in a close down private clinics that are conducting illegal abortions in the area.
Southern Province People’s Action Forum Coordinator Janet Nyoni said in an interview in Mazabuka today that it is disheartening to note that young girls are being made to undergo illegal abortions a process she described as painful.
Nyoni said it is unfortunate that the girls are being subjected to such vices saying most of them are under age and that there cases qualify as defilement adding if talked and counseled properly they could not accept to do abortions.