Parliament’s legal affairs committee has said arrested UDF MP Shaibu Kaliati should face the law if court proves that he had sex with a minor.
The committee’s deputy chairman Maxwell Thyolera said if the court proves that Kaliati indeed had sex with the 16 year old from Bambino Private Secondary School, it would be unfortunate saying Kaliati was instrumental in passing the child protection law.
Kaliati was arrested on Friday for allegedly sleeping with the minor at Annes Lodge in Lilongwe.
Reports say he disappeared from parliament during tea break and allegedly gave the minor K6000.
He was detained at Lilongwe police station but has since been transferred to Lingadzi police station in Lilongwe.
The United Democratic Front chief whip in parliament Lilian Patel said she was shocked to learn of the arrest and said the party would respect the decision of the court.
She said the party cannot condone such behaviour if proved in the court.
“As a party we are looking for his lawyer and providing food for him in his detention,” said Patel.
Members of parliament are exempted by law from arrest when parliament is in session and his arrest shows the gravity of the offence.
Kaliati has confirmed that police are investigating rumours alleging that he had sex with an underage girl.