Deliwe Mhango told the state news agency that the incident happened in Makanjira when the old man had been defiling his granddaughter on several occasions as she brought him food to the distant garden where he was during cultivation.
Mhango said the man had since March this year been having sex with his granddaughter until recently when she dropped out of school which raised school authorities eyebrows.
“The girl was in Standard 7 at Chimbiya Full Primary School and was staying with the man and other family members. Now in March 2016 the old man left home for the maize field a few kilometers away to guard his maize crop from monkeys,” she said.
She alleged that the man used to call the unsuspecting granddaughter to replenish him with basic necessities especially food stuffs and in the process started to defile her resulting in the pregnancy.
“It came to light that she had been impregnated by her grandfather when relatives enquired from her about who was responsible,” Mhango further said.
Mangochi Police Station Assistant Public Relations Officer, Amina Tepani Daudi confirmed the incident saying the suspect was currently being held at Makanjira Police Post.
Daudi identified the suspect as Kazembe Mkwanda, 70, who comes from Malufu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Makanjira in the district.
She said relatives tried to conceal the pregnancy but Chimbiya School management not amused by the development pursued the matter with social welfare child protection officer who took the matter to police leading to the suspect’s arrest.
“A medical report obtained from Makanjira Health Centre confirmed that the girl is three months pregnant,” Daudi added.
Daudi said Mkwanda will appear before the court soon to answer to a charge of defilement which is contrary to section 138 of the penal code and attracts a maximum punishment of 14 years imprisonment with hard labour.