POLICE in Chongwe are investigating a grade 10 pupil for allegedly defiling and impregnating a grade eight pupil aged 14.
Both teenagers are pupils at Chongwe High School.
This comes barely two weeks after Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya of the Soli people stopped a planned marriage between 18-year-old Richard Kabindama and a 17-year-old grade eight pupil.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya also punished Kabindama, his mother, the girl’s mother, and the teen couple’s siblings for arranging the early marriage.
Chongwe district hospital medical officer in-charge Job Mwanza disclosed in an interview yesterday that according to medical examinations, the girl is three months pregnant.
“We recently received the case of a 14-year-old girl who has been impregnated by her ‘boyfriend’ who is in grade 10 at the same school. She has continued going to school but her mother complained that the pregnancy has negatively affected the girl because her performance at school has gone down.
“We treated her and after counselling her, it was resolved that she will continue going to school. Right now she is attending antenatal at the nearest clinic but she will have to deliver from the hospital because our interest as the hospital is in her health,” Dr Mwanza said.
He said the hospital has done a medical report and handed it over to the police for further investigations.
“We have done our part and the police have taken up the matter for further action,” he said.
Dr Mwanza said it is sad that the hospital has continued receiving defilement and rape cases almost on a daily basis.
“Our emphasis is that people should be reporting these cases immediately they happen because our interest is to protect women from contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Drugs to treat them are there but they are only effective within 72 hours after the incident,” he said.
Dr Mwanza said there is need to curb the rising number of defilement and rape cases in Chongwe because most girls do not take advantage of Government’s re-entry policy into school after they give birth.
“Many girls fail to go back to school after giving birth because they have problems when it comes to finding someone to look after the baby, so the only solution lies mainly in curbing rape and defilement or reporting these cases the moment they happen so that women and girls can be protected from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies,” he said.
And Dr Mwanza said he is hopeful a number of parents in Chongwe have learnt some lessons from the punishment meted out on Kabindama, his mother Sara, his would-be mother-in-law Marriet Njobvu, and other culprits involved in the arrangement of his failed marriage with the 17-year-old girl against her will.
He said the culprits successfully completed their punishment, which saw the men slash overgrown grass of the hospital surroundings while the women were ordered to wash bed linen and clean the hospital wards three hours daily for five consecutive days.
The girl has since gone back to school under sponsorship from Child Fund, a non-governmental organisation that played a critical role in stopping the marriage, which reached an advanced stage with a kitchen party that was disrupted at the girl’s home.