Kalabo Woman sent to prison for abortion

A 24 year old woman in Kalabo district has been sentenced for 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for abortion contrary to Section 152 (1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Zambia News and Information Services reports that before Kalabo Class One Magistrate, Emmanuel Mukoma, was Nasilele Masiliso, a peasant farmer of Kakona village, Chief Kaongolo of the Western province.

Particulars of the offence were that on September 11, 2013, Edward Mwalye was at home in Kanchumwa Village around 07:00 hours when he heard dogs fighting and barking at an area where he went to and found one of the dogs with a suspected human thing of a baby.

Mr Mwalye informed other residents and with them thoroughly checked the area and in the process discovered a baby wrapped in a browse and partially buried in the ground.

The matter was later reported to police who made a quick follow-up at the scene where the dead baby was recovered.

One of the residents in the group identified the browse as being that of the accused Nasilele Masiliso.

Police then followed the accused and apprehended her at Malelekwa Compound in Kalabo Township. Masiliso gave a free and voluntary reply in admitting the charge.

She said she took a poisonous drink in order to abort.