Police in Malawi’s southern district of Balaka have finally arrested a 59-year-old man for who was at large after allegedly chopping off his wife fingers with a panga knife because of jealousy.
The suspect William Duwa wounded his 49 year old wife after suspecting her of having a secret love affair.
According to the wife, Chrissy Kunkeyani, her husband went out to a drinking spree and upon arrival home; he started accusing her of having a secret love affair and later started beating her. He then chopped off her two fingers with a Panga knife.
After the incident, the suspect escaped living the victim in a pool of blood and has now been arrested upon a tip from the public.
Balaka police spokesperson sub inspector Joseph Sauka confirmed to Nyasa Times, saying the victim has since been discharged from the hospital and the suspect is expected to appear before court soon where he is to answer a case of grievous harm contrary to section 238 of the Penal code.
According to Sauka William Duwa comes from Chauluka village, Traditional Authority Nsamala in Balaka district while the victim Chrissy Kunkeyani comes from Kambuku village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu district but both were residing at Mangerengere location within Balaka Township.
Police reports show that cases of gender based violence are rampant in the district and police handles over 40 cases per month according to Victim Support Unit coordinator for Balaka Police Constable Ester Mbwera.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :