Mother abandons six-month old twins over marital disputes

Ordinarily the arrival of a newly-born baby in a family is supposed to create happiness to the home and not the other way round.

But a couple in Malawi’s lakeshore district of Nkhotakota has disintegrated barely six months after welcoming into their family unit bouncy twins.

To worsen the situation, the mother has abandoned the twins (a boy and girl) and she cannot be traced. The hopeless kids are currently being kept at Nkhotakota District Hospital.

According to Nkhotakota Police, the 31-year-old mother identified as Msamaliya Biti Asani real name Maria Chimwa, abandoned the twins after disagreeing with her husband, Patrick Mngomo.

Nkhotakota District Health Officer (DHO), Wanangwa Chisenga, confirmed the issue saying his office was only looking forward to assistance from the Nkhotakota District Social Welfare office.

“It is now over a week since the kids were brought here. It’s really hard for us, we are only waiting from the social welfare office otherwise the twins are in good health,” Chisenga said.

An official from the welfare office, Goodwell Kalimanjira, told Nyasa Times his office took the kids to the hospital for better care because the father could not properly tend them.

The welfare office also tried to talk to some family members of the wife and the husband (in Balaka) but none of them appeared interested to take control of the dumped twins.

The welfare office also took the matter to Lilongwe and Blantyre SOS but they both indicated they had no enough space to accommodate the little twins.

“We were referred to Mzuzu SOS who said were ready to help but would take another week for that to happen,” said Kalimanjira.

Nkhotakota Police Spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino said police were searching for the hardhearted woman.

The couple was staying at Chopera village in the area of Senior Chief Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota District and has been married since 2009.

According to the husband, on January 9, 2014, his wife and three-year-old step daughter went missing after he had gone for a piece work within the village.

It later transpired that the wife had gone with the step-daughter to his father (his wife’s ex-husband) a Mr Phiri, a development the husband was not pleased with.

And when he confronted her on the issue she openly challenged him and declared that she was ready to go back to her parents. However, the issue was harmoniously resolved.

But when the husband went for some work the following day, the wife packed her belongings and left for unknown destination leaving the kids in the house alone.

“Upon my return from work I was greeted by the children’s crying noise inside the house. I later discovered that my wife’s belongings were missing so I decided to take the kids to Kalimanjira Victim Support Unit (VSU) where they referred me to Nkhotakota Police Station,” he narrated.

At the police station, VSU officers in collaboration with Nkhotakota District Social Welfare officers took the children to the district hospital.

Police search at both the woman’s village and other relations and former husband’s place has yielded nothing but Lubrino promised the investigation was going on.

Mngomo, 42, hails from Utale Village, T/A Mkaya in Balaka District.

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