POLICE in Chingola have arrested a 63-year-old man of Nchanga North for allegedly having sex with his 20-year-old biological daughter for the past three years.
Copperbelt police chief, Antoneill Mutentwa, confirmed the arrest of the man, who had been having sex with the daughter since 2005 with her consent. The man will appear in court today.
The mother of the daughter left home three years ago because she was embarrassed about the incest, which had been going on for a long time.
Mr Mutentwa said the man, who is an ex-miner, had allegedly been sleeping with his biological daughter while another one left after he made sexual advances.
Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) had been impressing upon police to arrest the man for some time, but the daughter and some family members had not been cooperating.
Police and other organisations had been facing difficulties to handle the matter because the girl was protecting her father as the sexual encounters were with her full consent.
Mr Mutentwa said the girl, who is a Grade 12 school pupil, had since been forced to leave the family home to live with relatives who were concerned about the incest.
He said he directed officers at Chingola Central police station where the assailant had been detained not to release him on police bond.
Mr Mutentwa said although the accused was entitled to police bond, he did not want the old man to be released, as he would interfere with investigations.
He called on the YWCA and members of the public to quickly inform police where such vices were detected.
“Police cannot guess. We, therefore, need the help of the community. Often times close relatives tend to withdraw charges in cases of incest and defilement because of the repercussions, but we all need to be safe.
‘‘Police would ensure that one’s home is the safest place to live in by arresting all perpetrators of sexual crimes,” Mr Mutentwa said.
And Chingola YWCA chairperson, Gertrude Mudenda, said in fact the old man had initially made advances towards another daughter who refused and left home immediately.
Mrs Mudende said her organisation had faced problems in handling the matter because relatives had not been cooperating.
Neighbours and other people became suspicious when the man’s wife left him and another daughter, who had refused several advances, also left to live with relatives.
The man and his daughter then remained in the house where they were co-habiting until people got suspicious and reported the matter to the YWCA.
[Times of Zambia]