Southern Region police deputy spokesperson Wisdom Nhlane confirmed the arrest and identified the suspect as Siston Mpohiwa.
Nhlane said that Mpohiwa defiled the girl after he took advantage of the absence of her mother.
“Mpohiwa defiled the girl in his house after he saw that her mother was not around,” said Nhlane.
Nhlane added that Mpohiwa was arrested after Police received a report from the girl’s mother and he will soon appear before court to answer defilement charges.
The suspect hails from Likhula village in the area of traditional authority Kaduya in Phalombe district.