Kaputa clergyman convicted for indecent assault

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—The Kaputa magistrate’s court has convicted a clergyman from St Moses God of the Spirit Church for indecently assaulting two teenagers and has committed him to the High Court for sentencing.

Kaputa Magistrate, Victor Mukupa, convicted Samson Kalumba Chipili, 42, on two counts of indecent assault contrary to Section 137 of the Penal
Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that on August 27, 2014 Chipili unlawfully and indecently assaulted the two girls who are twins
without their consents by touching their private parts.

This is when the girls went to his church to seek prayers for healing of their stomach problem.

Magistrate Mukupa said when he delivered judgment last week that he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Chipili indecently
assaulted the two teenagers aged 16 and, therefore, found him guilty of the offence and convicted him accordingly.

He said he is satisfied that both girls did not consent to the act of indecency on their person.

Magistrate Mukupa   said consent was obtained under false representation by the accused that he was genuinely conducting a
prayer session on them when in fact the circumstances of his act were
an act of indecency on them.

“There is sufficient evidence that the manner in which the accused led the complaints into the bush falsely represented to them that they
should remain naked during the purported prayer sessions and touching their private parts was accompanied by circumstances of sexual indecency in the eyes of any reasonably minded person acting in the same manner as the present circumstances,” he said.

He added, “In fact he himself acknowledged during cross examination at defence that such indecent act as was done to the complainants was
even alien to his church’s doctrine,” he said.