Malawi Catholic Priest sexually assaults minor, arrested

A 44-year-old Catholic priest, Father Francis Ngalande is currently under police custody for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.

Ngalande, a priest at Mpherere Catholic in Ntchisi district, is a benefactor to the victim (name withheld) and committed the offence on Friday last week at Kasungu Council Rest House, police have confirmed.

According to police on Friday 30 September, Father Ngalande had called the victim- a form two student- claiming he had found a new school for her, and arranged to meet.

The two met at Kasese Bus depot and left for Kasungu; he later on asked the victim to book a room at Kasungu Council Rest House where he defiled her.

The victim revealed of the ordeal to her parents after returning home the following day. The matter was reported to police who swiftly arrested Father Ngalande.

A medical report confirms that the girl was indeed defiled.

Father Ngalande is expected to pressed on the charge of Defilement contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.

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26 thoughts on “Malawi Catholic Priest sexually assaults minor, arrested”

  1. Mugonapamhanya says:

    When it comes to statutory rape, it is the age of the minor that matters not whether it was consensual or not. mtsikana wa zaka 16 akhoza kukufunsira ndikugona naye koma ukangodziwika iwe basi wakundende.

  2. santana says:

    Amenewo ndiye a Katolika. Kumeneko ndiye kudya kwawo.

  3. Ngozo says:

    The Police know better why they chose to charge the priest with defilement when the girl is 16 yrs old. It could be that there has been an amendment recently on the age of the girl capable of being defiled but its still 13 as it appears in the Penal Code, no such offence has been committed.

    Amene sanachimwepo ayambe ndiye kuponya mwala!

  4. Achimphamba Oyera says:

    Kumbukani, you had some interesting discussion there. Thanks. One thing only: lack of self control is not caused by the devil. It is a human weakness. It is a vice. It is a minus from being a full human being. Instead of being a rational animal we become close to an ordinary animal that shall make love even when people are looking. Human beings are animals. The levels of control differ from person to person. They should normally be higher in the chosen ones of God due to the training. The devil should not be an easy excuse. Fisi anakana nsatsi! kkkk

  5. Mwinachikaya says:

    which Council rest house in Kasungu, Ngati ili Khaso iyi ili pafupi ndi Kacha Calubu iyi, ndiye zinala zongwirizana, angakugwirire osakuwa kuti alonda abwere, fotseke.

  6. mjiba says:

    Eish comment reserved. let us wait for the day in court. We will hear chinatsitsa dzaye kuti njobvu ithyoke mnyanga.

  7. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    Francis was my classmate at Mtendere Juniorate. He was a good man. But the Devil is a liar. I pray for that girl and Francil. Amen

  8. Kumbukani says:

    There are a number of issues here and some of them include the issue of celibacy of the priest, moral behaviour of the girl who booked the room herself and and “interesting issue” of criminal offence. I would like, for the time being, to comment on the criminal offence that the police are trying to charge the priest. Section 138(1) of the penal code establishes the offence of defilement. The section reads as

    “Any person who unlawfully and carnally knows any girl under the age of thirteen years shall be guilty of a felony and shall be liable to imprisonment for life, with or without corporal punishment”.

    In view of the above am not sure which section the police are going to use to prosecute the priest because a girl of 16 years is capable of giving sexual consent. And it is apparently clear that the girl gave consent especially that it was herself who booked the room for the act.

    As for some comments against the Catholic Church on celibacy, I feel people cannot use the ground of immorality as a reason for being against the doctrine. It is not the celibacy that pushes priests to commit adultery or fornication. It is lack of control that may be influenced by demons. That is why even married pastors, reverends, bishops, prophets etc also commit adultery!!!

    1. Mugonapamhanya says:

      Oops! mukugwiritsa ntchitio malamulo akale bwana Kumbukani. Pepani zimachitika.

  9. john phiri says:

    16 years of age is not a minor. However, a man would need the consent of the girl’s parents if he was to marry the girl.

  10. Makamuchiwo says:

    Heee! My GOD….oooooh! The HOLY SCRIPTURES says …..You shall know them by their fruits!

  11. Achimphamba Oyera says:

    I pray for Fr. Francis at this very trying moment. May God be with him… and know that He loves him so dearly. We love our Church, the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Keep it away from all evil.

  12. Point says:

    Mtsikanayo popanga book room amati ndi yachani at 16? Akanati anankokera ku room. Fotseki ndi chibwenzi asatipusitse si rape imeneyo mtayeni wa nsembeyo.

  13. Morgab says:

    the girl should be beautiful, magical and irresistible. Ana ena amabadwa molakwisa

  14. bola wa pazedi says:

    We sweared that we wil not marry but not we will not carry sexual intercourse. No I am catholic father myself and I am talking from the point of view. Mark my words. I myself I am an active sexual intercourse father. Mumafuna muzidya wokalayi nokha eti.

  15. Father James says:

    Kodi Cathoric ndi chain paja? This NGO stink

  16. Harawara says:

    This is good that the evil of false celibacy is exposed. In the West Catholic priests have been exposed and punished for sexual abuse of minors. Here in Africa they are still protected. Lets expose, shame, embaras and punish them. Fellow readers, do you recall love letters that Pope John Paul was writing someone’s wife? What kind of religion is that?

  17. Kachinda Nyini says:

    Many Roman Catholic priests are notorious for sexual promiscuity.They are all over disturbalizing other peoples marriages and infecting young girls with sexually transimisible diseases (including HIV/AIDS).Now my question is:Is it that the Roman Catholic Church forbids its priests to marry but allows them to have sexual intercourse outside wedlock ?

  18. Atcheya says:

    Someone aged 16 is not a minor as far as sex is concerned and where there is consent. Obviously, there was consent and the girl was forced to reveal the secret due to the pressure from her parents. It may even not have been the first time…Sad, though, that culprit is a man of the collar who swore to remain celibate…

    1. Til says:

      A minor is 16years old and below according to the constitution… So its still defilement…

  19. Mlenje says:

    Uchitsiru basi osamangokwatira bwanji mumafuna muzinamiza ndani ana ali mbweee m’makwalalamu . Mumatumikira mulungu wake uti?

  20. Zanga Ziii Pa Zambia says:

    azimai a Catholic women organisation ku ntchisi ko kulibe?

    1. Mmake says:


      1. prof. Odiyayo says:

        amayi sakoma

  21. Dowa says:

    Chabwino zanveka

    1. Dziko la mdima says:

      Zamanyazi Kodi amayi odzakolopa ndi a Legio aja munali mutawamaliza onse? Onani la 40 lakwana

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