MP TIMOTHY IN SCHOOLGIRL DRAMA
…Form Three pupil fractures left arm after reportedly jumping off MP’s fast moving car.
Popular gospel singer and newly elected Nkilongo Member of Parliament ( MP) Timothy Myeni is being investigated by police over an incident in which a Form Three schoolgirl allegedly jumped off his vehicle, injuring herself in the process.
What compounds suspicions of foul play is that the pupil from one of the schools under the Manzini region, is said to have lied about how she was injured. The girl, who is under 18, claimed to have fallen from a tree when she went to hospital.
Different versions have since followed over the real cause for the girl’s injury, which saw her fracturing her left arm. The incident happened last week Saturday.
Police have since launched investigations to get to the bottom of the matter, following the different versions that have been given.
The legislator was first to report the case at Mliba Police Station, where he told the police that the pupil had somehow fallen from his moving vehicle.
However, the pupil, who is said to have ran away after she threw herself off the car, told a totally different story to her parents and the hospital.
The emergence of these two versions of how she got injured has raised the question of why she would not tell the truth about the cause of her injury hence the probe.
Chief Police Information and Communications Off i c e r Superintendent Phindile Vilakati confirmed the matter, saying they were still investigating as there were several versions.
“What I have gathered is that the matter was reported though it was not clear who was driving the vehicle in question, so now we have instituted an investigation to ascertain who the driver was? We also want to know how the child was injured and where. We have different versions on where and how the child was injured and who was driving the vehicle,” she said.
When called earlier the police mouthpiece said she had checked the matter and found that there was no such case that had been opened except for an inquiry file.
“But it seems like there is some talk of that nature that was discussed as there was a man who reported that there was a child who had fallen from a vehicle that they were travelling in, but the child had not come forth to register the case. The only person they talked to is a girl who alleges that she fell from a tree,” she said.
Just like the police, this publication had been informed of at least three versions on what transpired on the day Zandile*(not real name) got injured.
The first version is that Zandile was in the company of her friend Tanele*, who is also a pupil from the school the injured girl attends, on their way home the minors got a lift from the MP who was also in the company of another man related to him.
The legislator and his relative are said to have given the pupils a ‘lift’ but driven to his nearby farm, where he asked his relative and Tanele to go and open the gate.
He is said to have entered the farm leaving the relative and Tanele at the gate while he went on with Zandile to the farm and stayed there for some time.
It is not clear what happened while they were in the farm save for a fact that when they came back the vehicle did not stop at the gate. As per this version, the pupil tried to indicate while at the gate that she wanted to drop off by the gate.
She is said to have attempted to open the door while calling for assistance but her efforts proved futile as the vehicle did not stop.
She is said to have then reasoned with the legislator to let her alight from the vehicle but her plea fell on a deaf ears hence she decided to jump out and had a fracture on her left arm.
The pupil is said to have ran to the nearest hospital, where she was attended.
She is said to have informed the nurses that she fell from a tree which is something they believed. This is believed to have been done by the pupil to either protect the legislator and relations with him or to prevent herself from her parents’ questioning.
She later told the same story to her parents and they believed her. It is suspected that the legislator fearing that the pupil could run to the police, decided to go there first to report the matter. He is said to have also told the police that the child had vanished after the incident.
However, the child did not report the matter to the police at least till this publication had inquired about it. The legislator is also said to have visited the family of the pupil to apologise over the accident, which the family did not know about.
In a bid to put this matter to rest the MP is said to have also offered to take care of the medical expenses of the child. “The legislator is also said to have taken the child for further treatment at a private hospital in Manzini last Sunday,” a source close to the matter alleged.
The place where the incident is alleged to have happened. Nkilongo Member of (MP) Timothy Myeni. Parliament