Police early this month pounced on prominent music producer Ralph Ching’amba for romping and cohabitating with a 15 year old girl from Ndirande Township, ‘news of the screws’ of Friday reported.
The police were acting on a complaint launched by the young girl’s parents that she was missing from home.
Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer Sergeant Lameck Yona Thembachako confirmed to Weekend Timesthe arrest of Ching’amba.
“I can confirm that on January 6, 2012 Police in Ndirande arrested a studio operator from Namiyango Township Mr. Raphael Ching’amba whose age is 30 for the offence of abducting a Ndirande-Kachere unmarried girl (name withheld) aged 15,” the tabloid quotes Thembachako.
He said the young girl’s father Joshua Chaola had reported to Ndirande police that his daughter had disappeared.
“However, it was the strange SMSs and calls that Chaola was receiving threatening that her daughter would be killed if he was not stay calm, which compelled him to report the matter to the police. The unknown people claimed that they were keeping the young girl because she refused to join their group which they did not disclose,” said Thembachako.
According to Thembachako, vigorous investigations by the police in collaboration with the victim’s relatives were launched until she was found at the house of Ching’amba on January 6, 2012.
“Ching’amba was immediately arrested right on the scene and later charged with abducting a girl less than 16 years, which is contrary to Section 136 of the Penal Code,” said the police spokesperson.
Thembachako added: “Any person who unlawfully takes unmarried girl under the age of 16 out of the custody or protection of her mother/father or other person having lawful care or charge of her against the will of such father or mother or other person having lawful care or charge of her, shall be guilty of misdemeanor.”
While admitting the incident, Ching’amba was reluctant to comment on it, saying it was complicated with some facts being exaggerated at the same time.
“Let me not comment on it because the issue was between me and my girlfriend parents. But let us wait and see how it will end. You mean, even if I were to go out with a young girl, can I go to the extent of hooking a 15-year-old? Am I mad? [‘umvamo chani, ma D7 onsewa’] wondered Ching’amba.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :