Police in Mozambique have arrested a 40-year-old Malawian woman for killing her own son in Dedza over K400.

 The suspect, Alinafe Navisi who was arrested on Thursday in Mozambique, is believed to have murdered her 10-year old son, James Banda, earlier this week.

According to Dedza Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Cassim Manda, Banda who was a standard 3 learner at Kalilang’anga primary school, was accused of stealing K400 from his sister.

 He was initially reported as a missing person but later was found dead buried in a pit.

Navisi has been officially handed over to Dedza police station where she is expected to answer a charge of murder contrary to section 209 of the penal code.

In an interview, Navisi told the office of public relations in Dedza, that she killed her son by using a whip.

 Navisi told the police that she seriously injured him with a sting of the whip.

“He fell down and fainted , immediately I took him outside my house and buried him in the nearby pit”, said Navis.

 It is not known if Banda was buried alive since he was not taken to the hospital and was not confirmed dead.

His death was only confirmed later after conducting a postmortem which revealed that the boy’s death was due to suffocation secondary to strangulation.

Meanwhile, Dedza police has hailed their Mozambican counterparts for helping in the arrest of Navisi.

 The suspect hails from Mlangali village in the area of Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza district.

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