Dad who deserted 11 children for new wife arrested, says Malawi Police

A father of 11 children in Luwinga Township in northern Malawi who was working a security guard is under police custody after he allegedly abandoned the children to stay with a new wife in another location within the Mzuzu city.

Under arrest

Under arrest

Mzuzu Police deputy public relations officer Patrick Saulosi disclosed that Feston Simbeye was arrested Friday for allegedly deserting his children with nobody to take care of them.

The father has been a sole bread winner and a single parent after his wife left him after some marital problems, and two months ago he just left the home leaving the children with nothing.

“Upon noticing for two months that the father was not supporting the children, the suspect’s fifth daughter Myles Simbeye, 14, reported the matter to police.

“The children indicated in their report that they were lacking care and support from their father hence they decided to report the matter to police and we launched an investigation and arrested the suspect,” the police spokesperson said.

The children are currently living with their grandmother who is struggling to fend for them. The whereabouts of their mother are yet to be traced.

Simbeye, who is expected to answer a charge of deserting children which is contrary to Section 164 of the Penal Code hails from Kanyara village in traditional authority Mwenewenya in Chitipa district.

The offence attracts a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment with hard labour.

Recently, Child Justice Magistrate, Esmie Tembenu appealed to the police to consider prosecuting men who abandon the responsibility of child care.

According to the magistrate, sections 164 of the penal code says any parent or guardian who deserts a child below 16 years old shall be liable for five years imprisonment while section 165 says there is need to provide basic necessities to children.

However Tembenu said no one has been imprisoned on such grounds yet there are so many deserted children adding that if such fathers were to be charged and imprisoned others could learn from them.

A survey which Samaritan Trust carried out recently established that lack of parental care is the main reason why there are many children on the street.

Peer pressure, poverty, lack of basic needs and running away from abusive step parents among others are some of the reasons kids resort to going to live in the streets.–Additional reporting by Mana

 

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32 thoughts on “Dad who deserted 11 children for new wife arrested, says Malawi Police”

  1. ZAKUNSI says:

    Mtumbuka iwe ana onsewo umati ndi achiyani? Umati ukadya kapena ukagulitsa? Iwe akunjate ndithu.

  2. Ronnex says:

    Akamumanga ana adya chan?he just hav to b gven a punishment of oeeding the forbiden children

  3. Dobadoba says:

    Apa ndiye a Court/Police amasuleni bambowa chifukwa anawa avutika kwambiri komanso agogo awo akhala m’mavuto kwambiri. Malinga ndi mwambo wachitumbuka wamalowolo ana amakhala ndimwamuna zikasokonekera. Nchifukwa chake mayiyo anachoka yekha kumapita komwe aliko. Ana amenewa ali kwa amayi awo a bambo awo.
    Chofunika nkukhala pansi ndi bambowa kuwalangiza bwinobwino komanso kufufuza komwe mayi wa anawa ali chifukwa anawa ndi ambiri ofunika bambo ndi mayi awo kuwalelera pamodzi kuti akule bwino. Apa a Police/Court gwirani ntchito yanu bwinobwino muwathandize anthuwa mwaukadaulo wanu. Amasuleni ndithu bambowa.

  4. meya says:

    Mwachita bwino. Koma zimenezi zizionedwa bwinobwino. Coz ana ambiri anayamba uhule, kuba etc chifukwa cha zinthu ngati zimenezi. ambiri atengerapo phunziro. Makamaka mmamidzimu entertainment yao ndi sex basi ndiye ananso amachuluka nkumasowa kuwasamala kwake. Bamboyu ndiwankhanza anao amuchulukira nanga kwa mkazi winayo safunanso kumubelekera. kp it up. For future generation.

  5. Kwame says:

    Munkhanimu Amayiwa akuti anachoka chifukwa mabvuto a za mbanja nde kuti bambowa ndi ozunza. Ku mpoto ana ndi abambo chifukwa cha mwambo olowola nde mukakhala mavuto mubanja mkazi amamusiyila mwamuna ana kuti aziwasamala chifukwa mkazi amakakhala kwa mwamuna osati mwamuna kupita kukakhala chikamwini. Apa mwamuna amayeneleka kusova mavuto a mubanjamo kuti onse azisamalira limodzi ana. Mkazi anali pa mabvuto ndi abambowo anatopa nawo mabvutowo. Amamupanikiza kwambiri mkazi pomabeleka ana pafupi pafupi. Taganizani ana 11 nde mkaziyo amawopa kubeleka wa 12. Nde kuti bambowo amamukaniza mayiyo njira zolela nde mkazi anangoti ee pachepa malo ndingochoka kumusiyila anawo nanga si bambo ndi amene anali pa nchito. Komanso ndi kachikhalidwe ka bamboyo kukanyenga kunja mayi kumavutika yekha ndi ana. Iyeyo chomwe akanachita bamboyu akanamubweletsa mkazi wa new one yu kmawo kuti azathandizane kulera anawo nanga si walira mvula walira matope ndiye mwina mkazi wa leroyu amakana kuti akakhale kwawo kwa mwanunayu kuopa kulera ana 11 wo. Eish zovuta

  6. Kwame says:

    Iwe Ammatuwa za ugalu zomwe walembazi. If u hav nothing in your brain to say just shut up your big and ugly mouth. Si zonenana mitundu apa. Atumbuka ndi alomwe atani. Iwe mtundu wako ndi chiyani? Tinene kuti mchewa? Zopusa zimenezi. Zimatengela mtima wa munthu nyani iwe. Xenophia ku malawi kwathu konkuno. Ndiwe nkhumba yoyenda maso akuyang’ana pansi. Kodi a nyasa muziona ma coments owasiya pamenepa. Ma coments ofuna kugawanisa mtundu muziwachosa.

  7. aheli moto says:

    thats very good , koma mutabwera u South nde ma cell azachepatu because most men there are so heartless with their children. makamaka in impoverished homes. amngonyamula bulangete lawo wautali kusiya ana kwa mkazi iwo kukalowa banja kwina

    za manyazi azibambo otere

  8. Emmatuwa says:

    Nyere atumbuka simunasiyane ndi Alomwe

  9. khokhola says:

    Where is the mother here? Arrest her too. Who said the father alone shall be responsible for looking after the children? Do we have such law in Malawi?

    Just discuss with the employer of this man to deduct half the salary every month and remit the same to the grandparent for feeding the children. If you force this man to reunite with his children , expect death of either the man himself or the daughter who reported to police. This man is bitter. Why did the wife run away?

    Remember, people hang themselves once they realize that they are useless in society.

  10. nazimbiri says:

    tamuduleni nthumbwanazo,watozolowera isa.akayesa chani,ufiti kapena kufuna kulemera?
    amatolemera ndi omwe anatopita ku tchalichi kapena kwao kolemera kale kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  11. tikhala says:

    OK am also from Chiradzulo. My dad had 25 children- eight with my mum, eight with the woman she marries after my mum chased him- two with the woman she married before my mum andseven from assorted mothers who brew kachasu.

  12. apundi says says:

    wakhaulanga umaganizanga kutinga alelenge ndi mkaziwiko ukhaulanga nadiiii

  13. What? says:

    Anga Mlomwe?

  14. Ndiyankhulepo says:

    Is Family Planning and use of contraceptives really a solution to this problem? I think both the mother and father are useless. I wish the police could also look for this woman to arrest because she also had to run away and leave the children motherless.

  15. ZACHIBWANA says:

    Prepare the file as soon as possible and take him before the child justice magistrate today. Inform other key players on child and youth care for the urgent support of children. They should not just spend money on workshops. Otherwise, the kids are being traumatised as well by their fathers arrest because of guilty conscious. Kumaganiza kaye njira zina osangothamangira kumanga ngati ayambana ndi inu kuti mwakwiya kwambiri. Mudzifunsinso kaye akuluakulu ngati a O/C, S/O. Phuma bwanji?

  16. Kanyimbi says:

    He planned to get more lobola only that the girls were not beautiful that’s why he thought of running away. He was also blaming the wife for bearing ugly girls

  17. Mulakho power says:

    Atumbuka, kutombana basi. After that tribalisms. Just create your nyika republic, you are dragging the rest of the country down with your mediocrity.

    1. Zamitundu Zilipobe? says:

      Go to chiradzulo and ask the way to the viilage of a man with 22 children. He probably is more tumbuka than this Simbeye in this story

  18. Mzimba Solola says:

    Likoma Opportunist, are surprised that the man has 11 children? I read a story some weeks ago in one of the Sunday Newspapaers that a certain family in Chiradzulu has 22 children.

  19. pido says:

    How about the woman. Did she not run away from the responsibility. Osakondera apa. zopusa

  20. The liberal democrats says:

    This is a law that needs changing ……….archaic and problematic e.g will the state take over the responsibilty of the kids…. after criminalizing the desertation and taking the deserting parent in its care (jail?)…….kkkkk amangwetu??

    In the present case , is the mother also not supposed to be hunted down and prosecuted on the same charge? Where are the activists……?

    1. Kwame says:

      Mayi wa anawa akuti anachoka on marital problems kutanthauza kuti bambowa amawazunza amayi a wanawo ndipo mayiwo anapilira kwa nthawi yayitali taganiza mpaka kubereka ana 11. Kodi mayiwa akanawatenga anawo akanawadyesa chiyani?? Anawasiyila bambowo kuti aziwasamala anawo. Mind you ku mpoto ana ndi a mwanuna malingana ndi miyambo yolowola. Ndiye bambowo amafunika kusova mabvuto a mu banjamo kuti asamale ana limodzi. Nde kuti mayi anatopa ndi nkhaza za abambowo. Bambo amayeneleka amubweletse new wifeyo ku nyumba kwawo kuti azasamale anawo. Nalonso bambowo mpaka ana 11 kumupanikiza mkazi osamapanga njira zolera bwanji. Mwina mkazi anathawa zomwezo amawopa kukhala ndi mwana wa namba 12.

  21. Malita says:

    Dear child so ur father gets arrested how is he going to help u from prison…u didnt think this one thru now did u? My father desserted me I said screw u and worked hard at school.

  22. Juju says:

    11 children, how old is the man? What does he do for a living? Where is the wife? I think the wife run away becoz the man fucking her too much. Find out and why the woman had to bolt the man, other wise they are not for worthy for arrest but councelloring first

  23. galu wa galu says:

    Nyani wa ku Mwananyani, I agree with you. Take his assets, wages or any resouce he has and give to the children. How about the woman. She also deserted them. Koma ana 11, koma MAZENGO akuyenda m’manyumbamu.

  24. Likoma Economist says:

    11 chidren, for God’s sake! What was he trying to prove? These 11 children are now the responsibilty of the state: free education, free health, free houses, free, free, free. And the idiot does not even pay tax, i bet he constantly complain to his employer that his wages is TOO LOW to support his mii village of kids; as if the employer is the one responsible for his libido.
    Govt shud be serious abt population growth. Uncontrolled population growth just puts TOO much pressure on the limited resources. For example we talk of poor quality education, health, etc. How can 1 teacher handle a class of 120 kids? How can a Medical Assistant handle 350 patients a day? Yes, we are breeding more than Indians! It is like we get paid for sirering many kids. Is it not a surprise that we are the poorest, yes, the poorest on earth! 11 kids, OMG.

  25. ali dere mkulinga utayenda naye says:

    To arrest such people is the more the children will suffer and at the first time why they didn’t report for their mother? This man must be forced to pay the children maintenance bill of certain amount every month don’t arrest him the children will suffer more

  26. Gorbachev says:

    Arrest them all

  27. Ntumbuka uyu mpaka ana 11 koma ndiye amadziwa eee.

    1. Tiyanjane says:

      Dzina lake lalembedwa bwinobwino. Dzina lake ndi Simbeye osati mtumbuka. Please

  28. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Catch 22: on the horns of dilemma here!
    Whereas imprisonment would set an example, according to some people, that may be a very costly one. If the penalty is imprisonment, who will take care of the children during that time? It would seem prudent to sentence the man to “probation” and have him support his family. And enforce the sentence; so that if he defies terms of his probation, then imprisonment would be the last resort.

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