President Peter Mutharika has ordered a thorough investigation into allegations that parents and village elders were handing over girls, as younger as 12 to sleep with 40 year old Eric Aniva who has since been arrested.
Aniva, in his own confession to BBC and other local media organisations, said he had slept with 104 young girls ranging from the age of 12 to 18 and widows soon after the death of their husbands in a bizarre cleansing initiation ceremonies.
“After the investigations, arrests may follow,” said presidential press secretary, Mgeme Kalilani.
He said President Mutharika was disturbed with the report on BBC and said he has vowed to protect young girls and vulnerable women, the widows.
“The President says young girls and widows should not be exploited through the use of culture,” said Kalilani in an interview with Malawi Broadcastin Corporation.
Police in Nsanje on Monday arrested Aniva and he has since been charged with sexually assaulting young girls.
Nsanje police officer in charge Culbert Kaonga said this follows his own confessions during his recent and past interviews with the BBC and other local media.
Malawi, which has one of the highest HIV infections in the world, criminalises sex with a person under the age of 16.
If found guilty of underage sex, Aniva could be imprisoned for life.
The UNAIDS and UNWomen expressed concern over Aniva’s confessions that he does not tell the young girls and women that he is HIV positive when he is sleeping with them.
He got his present wife after sleeping with her in one of his sexual cleansing errands soon after the death of her husband.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :