Two male juveniles are nursing serious burns in Chipata general hospital after their father allegedly poured petrol on them and set them ablaze in Nabvitika compound yesterday.
Eastern Commissioner of Police Grace Chipalila confirmed to ZANIS in Chipata today and named the two as Greenford Zulu aged eight and Gift Zulu aged five.
Mrs. Chipalila said the boys sustained 99 and 86 percent burns respectively and described their condition as critical.
She said the father to the boys fled after the incident.
Mrs. Chipalila said the incident happened around 03:00 hours when the father of the boys, Pemphani Zulu of Nabvutika compound, poured petrol on them and set them ablaze.
She further stated that the incident was reported to the police by a neighbour, Emelia Mkandawire also of Nabvutika compound around 04:30 hours.
Mrs. Chipalila said the motive of the setting of the children ablaze has not yet been established as Zulu is still on the run.
Meanwhile, police in Chipata district have arrested a man of Pasikereta village in Mchinji in Malawi for defiling a13 year old girl of Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s area.
Mrs. Chipalila said Samuel Phiri is alleged to have defiled the minor at an unknown place on Monday, March 19 2012.
The incident was reported by the father of the victim to the police on the same day and Phiri was arrested the following day.
She said the man was in police custody and will appear in court soon.