POLICE on the Copperbelt province have launched a manhunt for a man of Chililabombwe district who defiled and impregnated his 14 year old niece.
The suspect had been identified as Weston Mwendia, who was staying with his niece, an orphan and a grade seven pupil.
Police spokespersoon Esther Katongo said in a statement that at the time of the abuse, Mwendia is reported to have been sexually abusing the victim each time she was alone at home while her aunt was out to Kasumbalesa border where she runs a business.
Mrs Katongo said Mwendia is also alleged to have threatened to kill the victim if she revealed the ordeal to anyone.
“The sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred on several occasions from April, 2021 at the suspects house in Chililabombwe District where the victim was being kept.
The report was made by the grandfather of the victim aged 72 and the victim is reported to be five months pregnant,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said a manhunt has since been launched for the suspect.
“We appeal to members of the public who could have information on the whereabouts of the suspect to report to police,” Mrs Katongo said.