Loveness Gondwe assaults step daughter gravely as Malawi Police nab man for murder of daughter

A daughter to former parliamentarian for Mzimba North Constituency Yeremiah Chihana (name deliberately withheld) is nursing serious wounds on her thighs and close to her private parts which she sustained  following physical assault occasioned by her step-mother who is former parliamentarian and president of the opposition Rainbow Coalition party, Loveness Gondwe.

Family sources told Nyasa Times that Gondwe viciously descended on the girl at the family’s residence in Area 47 in the capital Lilongwe on Monday.

Gondwe attacked the girl afer she queried the former deputy Speaker when she was speaking ill of her father, who was in Mzuzu that time attending a funeral.

“The matter started when Chihana bought a vehicle for the girl which Gondwe was not happy about. That day Gondwe’s sister came to visit her and she was talking of the matter and even boasted that she beat her husband for it. When the girl advised her to stop talking ill of her own husband, she discended on her,” said our source.

Loveness Gondwe: Attacked daughter
Loveness Gondwe: Attacked daughter

“The girl was later taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital where she was treated for the gruesome wounds all over her body and she was thereafter put on Post Exposure Prophylaxis [as a precaution measure to prevent possible HIV infection from the assault ],” a close family source said.

Her father asked a relative from Chilinde, another location in Lilongwe, to keep her as he was travelling from Mzuzu to Liongwe to sort out the matter.

Sources close to the family say there is no peace in the home as Gondwe favours her children from her first marriage and ill-treats her step children

The girl was “frightened” to comment in the media about the incident.

Meanwhile, reports from Lilongwe say the biological mother of the girl came from Mzuzu after learning about the incident and fought heavily with Gondwe at her residence. They were separated by watchmen.

Famiy insiders say the Gondwe house has been turned into a battle field.

Nyasa Times could not reach Gondwe for comment.

Elsewhere, Police have arrested a 25 year-old man for killing his own two year-old daughter by smashing her head to a stone in Dowa.

Dowa Police Public Relations Officer, Richard Kaponda identified the man as Judisi Ezekiel from Nyani Village, Traditional Authority Msakambewa in the district.

According to Kaponda, the incident happened on Monday when the deceased was chatting with her mother outside their house in the morning hours.

“The child was outside their house with her mother chatting when the suspect called her, promising to buy her some sweets. When the child drew closer to him, the suspect took the child behind the house and smashed her head to a stone,” said Kaponda.

Postmortem conducted at Dowa District Hospital revealed that the girl died due to head injuries according to Kaponda.

Police are still investigating the matter but have charged  Ezekiel with murder .

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