January 18, 2017 by Staff Reporter
Machinga Women Group and the District Social Welfare Office have condemned a primary school teacher who allegedly defiled and impregnated a 14 year old pupil at Mchilima School in the district, Malawi News Agency reported.
Machinga Women Group chairperson, Beatrice Chisuse on Sunday said the group has taken special interest in the issue until justice is done.
She added that the girl’s health and education rights have been violated by a person who is supposed to protect her and offer her quality and relevant education.
Confirming the arrest, Machinga Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Constable Davie Sulumba said the primary school teacher; Umali James Kambona was arrested on January 9 and is in police custody awaiting trial.
He said the police arrested the teacher after the girl’s father reported the alleged defilement to Machinga Police.
A medical report from Mposa Health Centre revealed that the 14 year old girl was pregnant. According to the 14 year old girl, teacher has been dating her since the beginning of the first term in 2016.
Machinga District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO), Bertha Mijoya said the teacher is irresponsible as he has a duty to protect girls from all forms of violence. She said children deserve maximum protection other than sexual abuse.
District Education Manager (DEM) for Machinga, Sarah Khozi said she has more than once warned teachers against indulging in teacher-learner love relationships.
According to the Machinga District Education Office, the teacher is known as Umali James and was born on May 20, 1982 and was employed as teacher on April 1, 2016 through Open Distance Learning number 3.
The suspect will be taken to court soon to answer defilement charges, said Sulumba.
The arrested teacher comes from Sawawa Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chamba in Machinga