By Moses Masiye
NOV 28, 2015

Their faith still crash with the laws of the land.

Malawi police have arrested two members of the controversial Seventh day Apostolic Church in Malawi for allegedly abducting a 13 year old boy.

Balaka police public relations officer Inspector Joseph Sauka said the suspects Davie Phiri 38 and Gideon Dzonzi 27 were arrested following a complaint that they have been keeping a 13 year old child without the consent of his parents.

Inspector Sauka said:- “According to the complainant Catherin Njanji, ‘her form one child early October this year attended one of the preaching session of suspect’s team and thereafter escaped home to join the congregation, thereby dropping out of school.”

The parents later withdrew their son from the congregation and enrolled him at a certain Private Secondary School in the capital city- Lilongwe, where he also escaped allegedly with support of the accused.

Their teachings do not allow any child attend school, get employed or take medicine when sick, some of the reasons that irked the complainant.

The parents were denied to take the child when they went to a place they are camping in Balaka, until they 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 the parent or without the consent of any other person who has custody of the child, commits an offence and shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years” said Inspector Sauka.

Meanwhile the suspects have pleaded not guilty to abduction charge, which is contrary to section 78 of Child Care Protection and Justice Act of 2010, after the state paraded them before Balaka first grade magistrate court on Thursday.

They are still under police custody, as the case was adjourned to Monday November 30, 2016.

The first accused, Davie Phiri comes from Malemia village, Traditional Authority Mgabu in Chikwawa district while the co-accused Gideon 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, against the second grade magistrate court seven day- order, several weeks ago that they vacate the land which does not belong to them.

Members of the Seventh day Apostolic Church do not build church structures, but rather move from one place to the other, camping for months or year, wherever according to, Dave Phiri, the Lord directs them to stay and preach the word of God.

They camped in Salima for one year, before camping Balaka where they been for about ten months.

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