Malawi Police arrest Father Emmanuel Mlenga: Accused of child abuse

Malawi Police in Zomba have arrested Father Emmanuel Mlenga, a former Catholic priest and a renowned musician on allegations that he was keeping some children without their wishes in a holding cell like room and conditions.

Police in Zomba said Father Mlenga was arrested yesterday after a tip from the public.

The children have since been freed but the former Catholic cleric remains on remand at Zomba Police Station.

Youth Network and Councilling Organisation (Yoneco), a Zomba youth organisation says it is working with the police to investigate the matter.

Sources say Father Mlenga runs a youth project in Zomba which include looking after poor and vulnerable children and he punishes the notorious children by locking them up in a police cell like room.

Yoneco officials said they are investigating if Father Mlenga tortured and harassed the children in the course of meting out disciplinary action.

Father Mlenga came in the limelight in the 1990s because of his slow songs.

He then quit the priesthood and married.

Mlenga was then a visiting fellow at a university in the US before settling down in Zomba, his home where he has a school and other pro-poor projects.


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9 thoughts on “Malawi Police arrest Father Emmanuel Mlenga: Accused of child abuse”

  1. Ahlomwe ku phalombe says:

    He z not the father anymore!mere businessman coz he run axul,

  2. David says:

    Priesthood involves vows taken and are taken for life.
    Unfortunately once ordained its a life time consecration, therefore the terminology [Father] remains.
    Once excommunicated, unfortunately the high sacrament of Priesthood does not get annulled.

  3. cheyo says:

    sorry for the tittle to say farther ,he is no longer a father pertaining the Roman CATHOLIC domination, plz use another title

  4. January says:

    Is he still a Father?I thought is an ordinary person

  5. Emms says:


    If the story is indeed true then its too bad and should be tolerated in our society.

  6. Emms says:

    OHOO the title is not fair to the Catholic Community. Rev. Mlenga is not a priest as indicated in your story and why did you chose to portray a picture that he is still Catholic. Find a better headline or else if you could have said Former Priest the better.

    If the story is indeed true then its too bad and should be tolerated in our society.

    1. Alubi says:

      The tittle remains. Mwina simukudziwa…… it’s a lifetime tittle. That’s why even Kambalazaza is still a Father…..

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