The police in Dedza are keeping in custody a Chewa tradition dancer locally known as Gule Wamkulu for raping a teenager girl less than 16 years old.
Spokesperson for Dedza police constable Cassim Manda confirmed the arrest and identified the dancer as Lazaro Maxwell aged 19 of Chatondeze village in the area of Traditional Authority Chikumwendo in Dedza district.
According to Manda, Maxwell was arrested after the victim together with her friend and relatives reported the matter to Chafumbwa police unit where medical report was issued.
“The victim and her friend went to a nearby market on their way back they saw Gulewamkulu ahead of them as per custom they waited to pave a way for the dancers and lately realized that the dancers were not moving so they asked one of the cult authorities who were close to them to let the dancers move from the area and the authorities did as requested, surprisingly when the girls reached a bushy area between Bowazulo and Kalipande villages the dancer ran after them he grabbed the victim and pushed her to a nearby garden then raped her,” explained Manda.
Maxwell will be taken to court and answer the offence of defilement contrary to section 138 Sub- section 1 of Penal Code .