A FARMER of Solwezi has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually abusing his 15-year-old biological daughter for two years and subsequently impregnated her.
Kitwe High Court Judge Judy Mulongoti sent to jail Ilunga Kapimbi, 39, of Mujimanzovu Village for sexually abusing his daughter between January 2010 and May 2012.
Kapimbi was charged with incest, convicted by the lower court and the matter was referred to the High Court for sentencing.
In sentencing Kapimbi, Ms Justice Mulongoti, sitting in Solwezi, was satisfied that the convict had sexual intercourse with his daughter and that there was overwhelming evidence that he impregnated her. The girl later suffered a miscarriage.
She said the convict physically assaulted the girl in his quest to have sex with her and found Kapimbi’s actions despicable and an abomination.
Ms Justice Mulongoti said the girl would forever be traumatised and haunted by what Kapimbi did to her.
The girl had testified that after the death of her mother in 2010, the family went to stay with other relatives at another village and it was there that Kapimbi started having sex with her.
She told the girl at the first instance, she was sharing a bed with two other children when Kapimbi went to join them on the same bed and had sex with her.
The court heard that when the girl informed her grandmother about her ordeal, Kapimbi beat her and that was how he packed all their belongings and left for another village.
While on the way, Kapimbi spread a chitenge material in the bush, removed an axe, tore the girl’s clothes and forced himself on her.
“My father turned me into his wife and usually told me to give him food and get ready for sex any time until I became pregnant.
“I am not happy with what my father was doing to me and I have never had a boyfriend in my life,” she told the court.
Kapimbi was apprehended after relatives intervened in the matter.
But he said the girl was not telling the truth and denied being responsible for her pregnancy.
[times of zambia]