Nyau dancers nabbed for defilement

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Three traditional Nyau dancers of Chief Chanje’s area in Chipangali District have been arrested for defiling two girls under the age of 16.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner Luckson Sakala in an interview with phoenix news says the last suspect who was on the run was apprehended this afternoon.

Sakala says the incident occurred on Tuesday, November 13 around 10:00 hours at Chikoka village when the girls aged 13 and 14 went to collect some mangoes when they met the traditional Nyau dancers who chased them and had carnal knowledge of them.

He says all the suspects are minors aged 11, 14 and 15 and are currently in police custody awaiting court appearance soon.

And a check by Phoenix News at the Chipata Central Police Station early today spotted the two girls aged 14 and 15 years being taken in a police vehicle.

According to Caritas Zambia Chipata Governance Coordinator John Zulu who exposed the incident, his organization received a call from a whistleblower informing him that the nyau dancers had defiled two girls.

Zulu explains that upon visiting Chief Chanje’s area in the company of officers from Chipata Central Hospital and Young Women Christian Association to verify the report, it was found to be true.

In an interview with phoenix news, Zulu has alleged that Chief Chanje was shielding the Nyau dancers from facing the law as one of his indunas told the suspects to bring a chicken so that the matter can be buried.

But when contacted, Chief Chanje denied ever shielding offenders of the alleged defilement case.

He explained that when the incident took place, he was not in the office but directed one of his indunas to investigate the matter and is yet to get feedback.

SOURCE: PHOENIX NEWS

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