26th Apr 2015

“Brother sleeps with sister, gets her pregnant”

Another case out of southeastern Africa:

In Malawi, two siblings, Zione Jere, 17 and Nelson Jere, 21, have been detained for engaging in incest, Mzimba Police PRO, Constable Gabriel Chiona confirms. “Yes I can confirm that we have arrested the two, who are brother and sister on suspicion that they committed incest,” Chiona was quoted as saying.

Chiona further said the father of the two siblings received a report that his daughter is pregnant, and when questioned about the man responsible, 17 year old Zione identified her brother as the father. “The victim was referred to Mzimba district hospital where test results revealed that Zione was 16 weeks pregnant,” Chiona said.

The two suspects will appear in court soon to answer charges of incest contrary to section 157 of penal code which attracts a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment with hard labor. The two hail from Bekhandnhale Village Traditional Authority (T/A) Mzukuzuk in Mzimba district.

Notice how he calls her “the victim”, yet they’re both going to court as “suspects”? They’re both above the age of consent in Malawi, so they’re both culpable unless he raped her.