Malawi Police arrest ‘good samaritan’ for gay acts

Police in Malawi’s Eastern district of Balaka are keeping in custody a 35 year-old man for sexually abusing a fellow male person.

The police identify the suspect as Mavuto Misomali (35) who on Thursday last week sexually abused an 18 year old boy who was stranded at Chingeni Road Block after he failed to raise transport money to Lilongwe where his brother resides.

Balaka Police spokesperson Sub Inspector Joseph Sauka says the suspect posed as a Good Samaritan after noting that the boy was stranded and offered him food and promised to give the victim transport money to Lilongwe.

Sauka also says the helper also offered to spend a night with the boy and took him to Three Sisters Rest House at Chingeni Road block.GRANNY'S RAPE

“While there, the suspect had sexual intercourse with the victim against the order of nature after intimidating him that he would slice him with a razor blade if he resisted. After that, the victim pleaded with the suspect if he would be allowed to visit the toilet which he accepted,” says Sauka.

But instead of going to the toilet Sauka says the victim reported the matter to Police officers at Chingeni Road Block who arrested the suspect.

Medical report from Balaka District Hospital revealed that the victim was really sexually abused and the suspect is expected to appear before court soon where he will answer the case of sodomy which is contrary to section 153 (a) of the Penal code.

“The man is expected to answer homosexual charges,” says Sauka.

The suspect Mavuto Misomali who is married with three children comes from Mtuweni village, Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba district. He was residing at Mbayani in Blantyre City at the time of arrest.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Malawi. In 2010, the Malawi government sentenced two homosexuals who held a public engagement in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre.

The two, Steve Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, were sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour but were later pardoned by Pres Bingu wa Mutharika due to international pressure.

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