Police in Tutume Village in the Central District are holding a 22-year-old woman for allegedly killing her newly-born baby.
Confirming to The Telegraph in a telephone interview, the Station Commander at Tutume Police Station, Vusimuzi Jorowe, said that last week they received a report of an incident in Senete Village, 18 km from Tutume, in which a baby was thrown into a pit latrine.
“We made a follow up, and found a baby wrapped in a blanket and thrown in a pit latrine and held the suspect for questioning,” he said.
He said that the baby was later referred to Nyangabwe Referral Hospital where it was certified dead and a postmortem was conducted.
Jorowe said that the suspect is due to appear before the Francistown Magistrate Court this week.
While the murder cases in Tutume are beginning to take a disturbing direction, Jorowe advised that the youth should avoid unprotected sex, which leads to unnecessary pregnancies leading to such incidents.
“Our other advice as the Police is that the youth should rather deal with the pregnancies by seeking help from the Social Workers and other relevant authorities,” the Station Commander said.
The suspect is still in custody.
Among other issues the Station Commander raised is that the Tutume Sub District continues to experience a high number of rape cases. He added that over the last three months they have recorded about eight rape cases involving the youth as victims.