A PREGNANT 16-year-old pupil of Chipata has allegedly been brutally hacked by her boyfriend in what police described as an attempted murder.
Police in Chipata said Gertrude Mwanza, a grade 11 pupil at Chipata Day Secondary School, was axed on the neck and arms on Sunday around 15:00 hours, allegedly by her boyfriend, Ranford Soko of Anoya Zulu Secondary School.
Eastern Province deputy commissioner of police Patrick Bili said Gertrude was attacked allegedly because she refused to terminate her unborn baby as suggested by the boyfriend.
“The girl met her fate when Soko tried to convince her to abort the pregnancy but [she]refused and she was, instead, axed behind her neck and both arms,” Mr Bili said.
Mr Bili said in an interview in Chipata yesterday that Gertrude is nursing serious wounds in Chipata General Hospital, where doctors have amputated the schoolgirl’s right arm as the injuries were severe.
Ranford, an 18-year-old grade 11 pupil, was arrested yesterday at Mthilansembe, a village near Chipata town. He will be charged with attempted murder.
Ranford went into hiding after the incident but police launched a manhunt until the suspect was located in his neighbourhood of Mthilansembe yesterday afternoon.
The injured girl is also a resident of Mthilansembe.
The Daily Mail spoke to Gertrude and her family at Chipata General Hospital where the schoolgirl was found with a heavily bandaged neck and amputated arm. Her teary mother was by the bedside.
Her aunt Faustaine Daka narrated that her niece, who is four months pregnant, got a call from the suspect, seemingly in connection with the pregnancy, and the two agreed to meet at a nearby stream after 19:00 hours.
Gertrude said she does not remember what happened at the rendezvous.
“I was in a pool of blood and I could not remember what happened. A Good Samaritan rushed me to Chipata General Hospital. My left arm, which was badly injured, had been imputed and I am still nursing a broken finger on my right hand,” Gertrude said.
Gertrude, however, does not remember how the incident started. She just found herself in a pool of blood.
“Now I have to live without my arm for the rest of my life,” she lamented.
Zambia Daily Mail