A 33 year old Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church elder has been convicted for defiling and impregnating his 14 year old step daughter.

Before Kapiri Mposhi Magistrate, Brenda Chiganda was Richard Chibuto of Plot number 252 Fairview Compound an SDA Church elder and businessman who stood charged with one count of defilement.

This is contrary to Section 138(1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 as read with Act No. 15 of 2005 and amendment Act No. 2 of 2011 of the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence were that Chibuto on unknown dates but between January and July 2018 had, on four occasions, unlawful carnal knowledge of his step daughter who was under the age of 16.

Earlier, Chibuto pleaded not guilty to the charge which led the prosecution to call six witnesses to testify during trial.

The first witness in this matter was the victim who gave an account of how his step father repeatedly enticed her to have sexual intercourse with him by offering her material and monetary gifts.

She stated that the accused repeatedly defiled her on four occasions between 3rd January and 4th July 2018 in his matrimonial bed.

She stated that the accused started defiling her when she remained with him and her three younger siblings after he chased her mother away from the matrimonial home following a marital dispute.

The complainant narrated how on one occasion, Chibuto lifted her from her bedroom which she shared with her siblings while, sleeping and took her to his matrimonial bedroom where he defiled her.

She testified that after being defiled on the first occasion she complained of pain on her private parts but Chibuto compelled her to sit in salty water for seven days to get rid of the pain.

The complainant revealed that the accused gave her K 30 on two occasions after defiling her.

After discovering that she was pregnant the victim narrated how Chibuto forced her to abort the pregnancy after she told him that she was pregnant.

She narrated that Chibuto threatened to kill her if she did not abort her pregnancy and if she told anyone that he had been having sex with her.

The victim fearing for her life, later disclosed the ordeal to some people who reported the matter to police which led to the arrest of Chibuto.

In making a ruling, Magistrate Chiganda stated that the evidence adduced by the witnesses was overwhelming and collaborated the findings of the medical examinations on the victim.

Magistrate Chiganda has since committed Chibuto to the High Court for sentencing and confirmation of the conviction as she does not have jurisdiction to pass sentences on cases that exceed a minimum 15 year custodial sentence.

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    • HH is the reason why useless reports about sda are being published. Back in the days this church was well respected and politics were allowed. Today hh even holds political rallies on Sabbath.

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    • This cretin should be imprisoned for life, one,for forcing himself on the girl, two, for threatening to kill her, three, for forcing her to have an abortion and lastly for perjuring himself in court because it’s clear he did it.

      Let this elder go and preach to his glfellow conflicts in the cells.

      These are the cases that warrant custodial sentences, of so called elders who are in fact predators in society who abuse the trust that the community has given them not a boy who goes and steals a pant or an old lady being sentenced for 7 years for selling an ounce of marijuana.

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  1. And we can stand and face the nation on tv to say the CHURCH HAVE A GOD GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY TO RENCONCILE THE NATION?????

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  2. Let this serve as a warning to anyone defiling children under 16 that there is a stiff punishment for your sick behaviour.

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  3. WTF is wrong with these men, maHule kupaka. Kupandula mwana wake is the worst thing anyone can do, sembe anayenda kuli maHule chabe. He thought he was punishing the wife kansi alakwa.

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  4. What is wrong with these men, maHule kupaka. Kupandula mwana wake is the worst thing anyone can do, sembe anayenda kuli maHule chabe. He thought he was punishing the wife kansi alakwa.

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  5. Next time you see a pastorntrying to preach on a bus please just slap the cretin they are all the same crooks and dirty minded sexual predators. But sadly the ones who entertain them are our women, which shows how truly dull Zambian and African women are on general to be cheated by such low life animals.

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  6. Don’t blame the church. This is just an individual whose behaviour has nothing to do with the sda church. In every church there’re characters of such nature. It is just humam error rather than hipping the blame on the church. I have seen people who are next to saints in the sda church.

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  7. this is the problem of the call for national dialogue when their is no issue, so many funny cases coming up to create issues for dialogue

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  8. The church has no role in these so called abusers/predators . This is just an individual whose behavior has nothing to do with church. There are certain characters in church up to no good, this same incidence is an attestation to that. Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.
    The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report said…

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    The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report said there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward. This is an example of having bad eggs in any church. The true church is pure and it should be treated as such.

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  10. I’m sure is one of the members of the so called THREE CHURCH MOTHER BODIES.
    Their sin are following them now,from POLITICS TO CHURCHES.

    Shame!!!!

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  11. It is not about the church but an individual,some so called Christians have been defiling boys for years.These boys have been turned into gay partners.This elder is not the first and will not be the last as long as we live in this sinful world.We have to die with Christ everyday,accept out weaknesses and repent.If we sin willfully there is no sacrifice for our sins.

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  12. If it was the Catholic Church you guys say they should just be marrying. But since it is a pastor can we say balelekanafye. Sex is an emotional feeling which affects all. Self mastery and control remains. Among the singles, there are those who try to live the ideal and those that are useless. Among the married, the same.

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  13. But why mentioning the name of the church? Is it the church that sent the man to defile the girl? That’s his private life. It has nothing to do with the church.

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  14. Church is inseparable from it’s leaders. That’s the more reason why people are excommunicated or suspended to protect the good image of the Church. The fact is that the Church is both human and divine. Let us just accept that scandles are bound to happen in any church or religion becoz of different characters. In all the churches that I Know there are saints and sinners. That’s why Christ remains our model of purity and morality. There no true Christian Church that preaches adultery or fornication but people do it for breakfast, lunch and supper. Let us just continue preaching and helping our weak members or seeking help from Christ

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    • I’ve always said that the church as an institution is innocent but it’s abused by those entrusted to run it on our behalf. Yes the activities of certain clergy have tarnished the good image of the church but this should not deter one from working for the creator. This elder is going to spend time in prison as an individual but not as an elder in a church. The church continues and like a Likili bus traveling from Kazembe to Kitwe there will be passengers disembarking on the way. ..but the bus will continue until it reaches Kitwe.

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