Apostolic Church leaders arrested for kidnapping a young boy

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Malawi Police in Balaka are keeping in custody two Apostolic Church elders for allegedly kidnapping a 13 year-old boy.

Balaka police public relations officer, Inspector Joseph Sauka, said Davie Phiri, 38, and Gideon Dzonzi, 27, were arrested after a complaint that they had been keeping a child without the consent of his parents.

According to Sauka, Catherine Njanji has a form one child who in October this year attended one of the preaching sessions by the two suspects’ team and thereafter he dropped out of school and escaped from his home to join the congregation.

The parents later withdrew their son from the congregation and enrolled him at a private secondary school in Lilongwe where he also escaped, allegedly with the support of the accused.

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Police in action (File Photo)

Teachings of the Seventh Day Apostolic Church do not allow children to attend school, get employed or take medicine when they are sick and according to Sauka, this is what irked the complainant.

The parents were barred from taking the child when they went to a place where the members of the church had camped in Balaka until the parents later went with the police who arrested the suspects on abduction charges. The law states that any person who unlawfully takes, retains, or conceals a child without the consent of his or her parents or without the consent of any other person who has custody of the child, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for 10 years. Last week, the suspects pleaded not guilty to the abduction charge.

Abduction is contrary to Section 78 of the Child Care Protection and Justice Act of 2010. Phiri comes from Malemia village, Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa while his co- accused Dzonzi is from Malandani village, Traditional Authority Mpama in Chiradzulu district.

The team of the Seventh day Apostolic Church members is still camping at Mtalika village in Balaka district, defying a Balaka second grade magistrate court order to vacate the land as it does not belong to them.

Members of the Seventh Day Apostolic Church do not build church structures, but move from one place to the other, camping for months or years on places which, according to Phiri, the Lord provides them.

They camped in Salima for a year before moving to Balaka where they have been for about ten months now.

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  1. Media houses are misleading people, wat are u looking? By distorting information, the kid was not kidnapped, he joined them after being conviced during their preaching sessions, he moved from his hom and started staying with them at their camp with the knowledge of his parents ,when they noted they went and rescued the kid from the camp,he was sent to Lilongwe but the boy was not willing to leave the camp so he came back, he got babtized and stood stll that he could not leave the camp, authorities went by he denied, they opted to use policemen and the court . Let the truth prevail. THERE IS NO JUSTICE UNDER THE SUN!

  2. inu a News 24 ndinu abodza chithunzichi last week mumati bambo wina wagwidwa ndichamba pa Raod block lelo mukuti munthu wamulungu ndie Anthu anve ziti pachithunzu chimodzi

  3. Most people need to know the word of God today, the devil is getting advantage of the ignorance of the word..You shall know the truth and shall set you free.Very pathetic to have demons holding people like this thinking they are ministering God!God help you!

  4. Masiku osiliza. Ine sindidadwapo kanthu koma kulimbikisika kuti mawu anu ambuye sazabwerera kwa inu opanda kanthu. Za aneneri onyenga izi ndendendendendendendende.

  5. Not man of god but son of Adam and don’t 4get we sons of.Adam and we not sem 2 act as our fathar adam and god promise Adam to look after his sons. But god keep say I take care son who can do what I ask him to do