MP TI­MOTHY IN SCHOOLGIRL DRAMA

…Form Three pupil frac­tures left arm af­ter re­port­edly jump­ing off MP’s fast mov­ing car.

Sunday Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STO­RIES BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

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.

In­jury

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.

Fu­tile

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.

(Pic: Zwelethu Dlamini)

The place where the in­ci­dent is al­leged to have hap­pened. Nk­i­lo­ngo Mem­ber of (MP) Ti­mothy Myeni. Par­lia­ment

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