Malawi Police arrest Apostolic Faith couple for neglecting sick child

Police in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka are keeping in custody a husband and a wife for allegedly neglecting to provide medical attention to their child on religious grounds.

The suspects Isaac Chindimba 48, who is biological father and Martha Banda 42, a step mother both members of Apostolic Faith failed to take their sick child to the hospital for treatment since their faith does not allow them to take medicine.

According to the Child Protection Officer for Balaka Police Sergeant Elias Sungani, the victim is a form 2 student and she fell sick while at School a development that forced the School management to send her back home.

“Upon arrival at home, the parents who are devoted apostolic faithfuls did not take the child to the hospital for treatment because their faith teaches them not to take medicine and instead they were just praying for her and giving her anointing water,” says Sungani.

The was reported to the police by the neighbours and relatives who felt sorry with the condition of the girl, who took the child to Balaka District hospital amid resistance from the parents.

“The girl has since been admitted and medical examination has proved that the girl has cerebral malaria and was at a critical stage,” says Sungani.

Meanwhile, Police have pressed charges to the couple and they are expected to appear before court soon where they will answer a case of neglecting to provide medical attention to their child which is contrary to section 165 of the penal code.

It is also an offence according to Child care, Protection and Justice Act 2010.

The suspects come from Ndoya village, in the area of Senior Chief Nsamala in Balaka district.

Police are informing members of the general public that it is an offence punishable by law for a parent or guardian to neglect to provide adequate diet, clothing, shelter, medical attention and other necessities to their children.

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20 thoughts on “Malawi Police arrest Apostolic Faith couple for neglecting sick child”

  1. nambewe says:

    the was reported to police

  2. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    Let this couple read Mark 2:17. Jesus Himself declared this that a sick person needs a doctor

  3. Mapiyamulupali says:

    BRAVO BALAKA POLICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH ALL POLICE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO KNOW THE LAW TO THIS LEVEL. THE CONSTITUTIONAL IS VERY CLEAR IT GUARANTEES RIGHT TO LIFE AND ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A POLICE ENA M’MADERA ENA DZIWANI MALAMULO MOKWANA NGATI KU BALAKA, MWINA NKHANZA KWA ANA ZINGACHEPE.

    OWELUZA MILANDU CHIGAMULO CHANU CHIKAKHALE CHOWALIMBIKITSA APOLICEWA. NGATI SIMUKUWAMVETSA MALAMULO KAPELEKENI MULANDUWO KWA NYAKWAUSIWAUSIWA KATSWIRI WA ZA MALAMULO OTETEZA ANA.

  4. jupiter says:

    #11 watsala ndi iwe tikukulunga zingwe nawe. Kumuona kupusa Mulungu kulenga Mankhwala.? Nanga bwanji umadya osachisiya kuti chifuniro cha Mulungu choti ufe ndi njala Chichitike bwanji? Kapena ma apositolenu amakuphikira ndi mulungu kuti muzivomera kuti kudya kokha ndi chifuniro chake?

  5. nkhedu says:

    Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka.kkkkk

  6. mphatso says:

    Asungeni mchitokosicho anthu opanda chikhulupirilo . Zikomo apolisi mwagwira ntchito powanjata makosanawa

  7. jeff b says:

    Many apostolic guys don’t attend xool either, and its unusual to hear their daughter was attending xool. They say those who go to xool won’t step into heaven. possessing a passport or license or any identity card is a sin unto God, so they say. We use the same bible, but why all these? These guys should revisit the bible from Genesis to Revelation and see if there was no any kind of medication practiced.

  8. nachisale says:

    Alangidwe. Ku soche quarry, police warned parents and apostolic faiths of such behaviour ndipo onse anamva, Ankateronso kalekale koma anaona kuti osatenga Mulungo kokamuyesa.

  9. akimu jimu says:

    mulungu analola kuti tikhale moyo mwachifuniro chake ,kotero ali ndi kuthekeranso kousamalila moyowo popanda nzeru ya munthu wa ku dziko lapansi .kufuna kwake kuzichitidwa pa ifeyo nthawi zonse monga zolengedwa zake.chofunika kwambiri ndikuchita chifunilo chake basi!!!

  10. Ndizisilu kwambili makolowo,ayenera kulangidwa kwakukulu.Afotokoze bwino za zinkhulupiliro zawo.akuyesa kuti iwowo chipanda chipatala bwenzi atakwanisa zaka zomwe ali nazozo?ufiti wachabechabe

  11. Chapola waku Thyolo says:

    Well done Mr Sungani n the whole Balaka police for saving the child….

  12. nkunthamasese says:

    Another Apostolic bishop – Mr Chibonga ran away from Nkk to Bt to receive rabies vaccine secretely after his wife had died of rabies. Osamangopusisana.

  13. Tengupenya says:

    Kudos to the state for protecting the child. When religion and the state crush on parental actions or inactions which endangers the life of a child, then the State must indeed step in to protect the life of the child.

  14. upile kulekangana says:

    Weldone well wishers. Dont try God if u are not gifted to pray for sick.

  15. M'doko says:

    Ithink the authority should think and consider someone’s faith and belief. Because might be fall to the short of glory of God

  16. Patriot says:

    Akachila mwanayo mupereke mwanayo kwa banja lomwe likufuna mwana.
    Mbuzi za apostolizi zinangodsolowera umphawi basi.

  17. Chimwemwe says:

    amangidwe basi

  18. Abk says:

    I guess the issues of beliefs and regions at one point go together, unfortunately death brings identifiable division, oops, blame death! Unfortunately the courts at some points never believe in ones religious beliefs, but rather human rights related issues! no matter, 98% of marriages end due to religious related issues!

  19. it means the law is against god and scripture from the holy bible,come over it u will find it,but only by faith,because without faith u cant please god,jesus is a healer.be very careful,u can follow devil.

    1. kate says:

      Katikafwe, ndiwe chindere chakufikapo. Read the Bible the truth will set you free from umbuli umene uli nawo.

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