Eastern Province is recording cases of defilement and suicide almost every day.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, who confirmed this to Breeze News, says that defilement cases are on an increase despite perpetrators being arrested.
Mr. Chilufya attributed the increase in cases of defilement to cultural matters that have do to with social economic issues while some are purely criminal cases.
Mr. Chilufya says police have intensified community sensitisations to make people understand the dangers that defilement has on society and know the cause so that the vice is stopped.
He added that organisations such as the United Nations and World Vision have also come on board to assist curb defilement.
Mr. Chilufya explained that defilement is a serious case that affects girls, who become traumatised for the rest of their lives and disturbs their future.
He added that other common case being reported at the police stations in the Province is suicide, whose cause is not yet known.
The police commissioner says police officers are investigating the root cause of suicide cases because they are being reported every other day.
Seventeen defilement cases were last month reported to YWCA, Young Women Christian Association in Chipata district.
YWCA Coordinator, Dorothy Ndhlovu says that the defilement cases are escalating at an alarming rate as the figure does not include cases reported to the police VSU, Victim Support Unit.
Speaking to Breeze News, Ms. Ndhlovu says that these cases involved victims, who were able to reach reporting centres.
She says that latest reports show most of the defilement cases are happening in far-flung areas where it is difficult for victims to report to police.
Ms. Ndhlovu also says that the cases show that the perpetrators are within family circles and close relatives to the victims.
The YWCA coordinator says that there is urgent need for more awareness efforts to stop the vice.
Plans to construct a bridge across Lutembwe stream to facilitate the movements of people from villages in Chief Chinyaku’s area and Kauzu farm block in Chipata have been initiated.
This came to light when the Director of Breeze FM Mike Daka and Kanjala ward councillor William Phiri held a meeting with residents of the two areas at Kagunda School on Wednesday.
The construction of the Bridge near Lutembwe Dam Two in Chipata District is expected to commence soon.
Mr. Daka said as a resident of Kauzu Farm Block he had realized the difficulties people on both of the stream face every day.
He says the bridge will assist people to cross Lutembwe stream to access medical services at the newly built Chipata District Hospital as well as sale their produce in Chipata town.
Mr. Daka says school going children attending education from across Chief Chinyaku will also benefit if the bridge becomes operational.
Mr. Daka said he would work with the area councillor William Phiri and the two parliamentarians, Moses Mawere of Chipata Central and Charles Zulu of Luangeni Constituency to ensure that the bridge is constructed across the stream.
And Kanjala ward councillor William Phiri appealed to the people to come forward to assist in the construction of the new bridge.
Mr. Phiri says whatever help will be needed so that the project becomes a success.
A 48 year old Chipata man has been arrested by police for defiling a 15 year old girl and committing possible incest.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya who confirmed this to Breeze News named the suspect as Lameck Sakala.
Mr. Chilufya says it is alleged that Sakala between 2014 and 2017 had canal knowledge of his own Biological daughter.
Mr. Chilufya says the act resulted in the daughter falling pregnant and is now with a one year two months old baby.
He says the girl was coerced into the act by both her parents as a means to get the family rich but the mother has since died.
Mr. Chilufya says the incident occurred from Chalo chatha village in Chieftainess M’kanda’s area of Chipata district.