There was drama at Chilobwe location in Balaka district eastern Malawi after a bridegroom was arrested at his engagement ceremony.
Balaka police spokesperson sub-Inspector Joseph Sauka says the bridegroom Mavuto Michael aged 27 was arrested on allegation that he stole a pig sometime back and he had been in hiding until yesterday when he was spotted at his engagement ceremony by the complainant.
“The complainant Mrs Douglas was tipped by well-wishers that the suspect who stole her pig was having an engagement ceremony and after confirming that he was indeed the same person, she rushed to report the matter to Police who rushed to the scene and found the bridegroom at the middle of celebrations which ended abruptly after his arrest,” says Sauka.
Meanwhile the suspect is still in Police custody and is expected to appear before court soon where he will answer a case of theft contrary to section 278 of the penal code.
Mavuto Michael comes from Njalanja village, Traditional Authority Nsamala in Balaka district.
And in a related development, a 20-year old bride has been convicted by the Balaka Second Grade Magistrate Court after being found guilty for undressing her bridal girl.
The court held that the suspect Ethel Nomanda Kachingwe on paraded naked a 16 year old girl who was one of bridal party at her engagement ceremony after she failed to pay K3, 550.00 for the dress she wore.
The suspect pleaded guilty to the offence of insulting the modesty of a woman which is contrary to section 137(3) of the penal code.
Passing judgment, Second Grade Magistrate Victor Sibu said that what the suspect did is a disgrace to all the women and sentenced her to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour and later suspended it to 12 months.