Karonga couple ‘burned to death’ by mob: Witchcraft accusation

An enraged mob of Mtendere Village of Traditional Authority Kyungu in Karonga assualted  and set ablaze a couple on witchcraft suspicion that they were responsible for the mysterious crocodile attacks which has been happening in the community.

Gruesome murder: Jungle justice in Karonga

Gruesome murder: Jungle justice in Karonga

The couple were burned to ashes, relatives who witnessed the horrific attack revealed.

According to Karonga Police Spokesperson Enock Livasoni, for the past three weeks, three people have been killed by a mysterious crocodile which exist in a village nearby river hence the residents suspected that it belongs to the couple.

Livasoni identified the mob justice victims as a 76 old man Taipi Vinkhumbo of Mtendere village Traditional Authority Kyungu and a 65 old woman Marinara Vinkhumbo of Mwanyesha village in the same area.

“The couple was being suspected of practicing witchcraft due to the death of three people who were attacked by crocodile for the past three weeks,” said Rivasoni.

“They were assaulted and then the mob took them to their home kitchen where they burned the victims inside. We only found ashes and no body.”

The couple were screaming, begging for mercy and saying they have not committed any sin.

Meanwhile, Livasoni said no arrest has been made as investigations are still under way.

He said the suspicion of witchcraft was unfounded.

Karonga District Council chairperson Patrick Kisyombe said the council will come up with by-laws to protect people accused of witchcraft, saying some of accusations “are out of jealousy. “

He said: “When someone is doing well they are often suspected of witchcraft, so we need to protect people by coming up with by-laws.”

There are beliefs in Karonga that people breed magical crocodiles to attack their enemies. A number of people have been victims of crocodile attacks allegedly initiated by their foes although there is no proof.

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78 thoughts on “Karonga couple ‘burned to death’ by mob: Witchcraft accusation”

  1. Nabanda says:

    Apolisi gwiranipo ntchito yanu kuti mchitidwe uwu utheretu no one is above the law only court can pass judgment in Malawi & only God in heaven. Malawians don’t take for granted moyo wa mzanu chonde

  2. Ephet Mtopo Banda says:

    Its complicated

  3. the little Guru says:

    the question of witchcraft has a lot of problems; one is the problem of vocabulary. etymologically speaking, the word witchcraft comes from the old English “wicca” which comes to mean SORCERY. but sorcery is the same thing with witchcraft. And the chichewa UFUTI means all sorts of evil powers. there problem is the mysterious nature of its existence many people believe and practice witchcraft and yet it cannot be verified. the philosophers
    Spinoza and Hobbes said witchcraft was philosophically inconceivable.
    but there is a problem, people are loosing their lives, the reputations of a great numbers of people have been demonized, other have been physically or psychologically harmed because of witchcraft. i think the reason is not only ignoring its existence and accuse the accusers.

  4. vasco says:

    guys osamatukwana

  5. Joyce Hildah Banda says:

    Karonga people get out of your blankets. God will punish you.

  6. Ochemwari Onachisale says:

    This is barbaric

  7. chimboro says:

    NO 18 BITON WAKALE; Ngati kwanu amanena iwe kuti ndiwe waphunzira ndiye amakunamiza ndi JC yakoyo.Hule timamuwona,wakumba timamuona.Ufiti amawona ndani? ndipo ufiti mukati mumawona bwanji osagwira Ng”ona zoo ndi kuwonesa anthu ngati empirical evidence? Bitoni umbuli wanu ndiwopanda logic.Nanga Ng”ona zimene mwazisiya zakezo zisiya kupha?Nanga ng’ona kwanuko sizizaphaso anthu?Mbuli zachiwondo.

  8. chimboro says:

    KARONGA; one business was nearly burnt, his guns assist him and his family, white man was shot at Mufwa and killed,Albino was cut in the neck,Dc was nearly burnt down,today; two old couple have been burnt, one village headman has been axed and killed.Khonde is one of very uneducated tribes in Malawi.

  9. DOBO says:

    This is one of ten indicators of uncivilized life. Christianity or Islam started over 100 yrs ago butl over 90% of Malawi still believing in witchcraft.We cannot hear such barbaric stories in Europe where people are civilized

  10. kadamanja says:

    Crocodile inanadyako APM bolani, anthu ambiri tikuvutika chifukwa cha iyeyu

  11. losco says:

    I’m very angry towards these villagers. I for this reason ask for the intervention of the State President and also expect to hear a word from Thindwa who I suppose also happens to be coming from the same distinct.

  12. wodabwa says:

    No one can understand this situation but the one who has sacrificed the couple will be filthy rich he knows it. Amene mulibe mpini muli ndi mwayi koma tense alinayo mpini akuziwapo za ufiti no way u can say there is no whichcraft enanu chuma chanu ndi ufiti womwewo ndie muziti kulibe ufiti udindo multi nawowo mayesa ndi mpini zili pampumizo Wins wake amafuna nsembe yopsereza pamenepo ndie ngona inangokhala njira yozera kuti enawo awotchedwe nsembe yatheka pamenepo zonse aziwa namalenga

  13. Ndanena says:

    Ma lord we judge ourselves wth fire

  14. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Komanso atumbuka, shaa! Mwatengera khalidwe la achikunda eti? Silikuthandizanitu.

  15. komko says:

    Mudzi onse amangidwe awulurana

  16. ISIS leader in Malawi says:

    so bad

  17. karonga boy says:

    karonga is in east Africa,check properly on the map,even our climate and vegetation resembles that of Kenya,Tanzania and Uganda

  18. Denguzman says:

    Police, show them that no body is above the law by arresting the whole village.

  19. Dolcano says:

    invi ndi mgodi wa nzeru. mudzakhala athakati mukadzakalamba muli ndi miyendo itatu. RIP AGOGO.

  20. Magweru says:

    Very sorry,dont judge others u will judged

  21. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    If in the 21st century people are still primitive like this no wonder we have poor indictors in every aspect of life. Please apprehend all perpetrators and lock them up for life!

  22. kalulu says:

    This is a very big crime and should not go unpunished. The president needs to do something as the two people who have been savagely killed were just accused. Crockdiles live in water and whoever steps in water will be killed no matter what.

  23. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    Pa court lamuro lokhuza nkhani za ufiti padakalibe kaye ndiye kuweruza mosakondela mbali ndikumeneko. Keep it up Kyungu guys mukawonana kumwamba konko.

  24. ATHEIST says:

    The wave of superstition based violence like burning witchcraft suspect was very common during during the dark ages in European society, it’s not a coincidence that the dark ages were also associated with high prevalence of religiosity in Europe. The belief in witchcraft and a belief in religion goes together because both are based on superstition! It’s not a surprise that this form of cruelty is common on a continent with lots of religious people. Africa with it’s bushiri’s, Tb Joshua, apostles, wisemen prophets is also going through its dark age. Such barbaric form of violence can never happen in a society free of religious nonsense and a belief in supernatural bullshit.

  25. gibbbbbbo says:

    atumbuka nde mwafikapo2…………….Nyika republic

  26. Wakhwithu says:

    Atumbuka: Ufiti nokha. Tribalism nokha. Kubela mayeso nokha. Kuba ndalama zaboma nokha. Eisth…..

  27. Rasta says:

    What do u mean when u say suspicion of witchcraft is unfounded,ufiti ulipo we r not fools like u that we shd say kuti kulibe ufiti bcoz certain Europeans say kulibe ufiti. The point is your reporting is not objective,the question is of all the pple in that Village why pple went for that couple,Malawians we r not barbaric and we dont hate old pple we r taught to respect them from our young age after all they are our parents.

  28. waseme says:

    Mwanena Karonga mwakhwezga soni chomeni. Mwapereka mwabi kwabanyinthu ba helilheli kuti batinyozenge. Lekani nkhaza zamtundu nga ndiubu.

  29. Therere says:

    mphoto yake ya utchimo ndi imfa, anthu sanalakwe, they eliminated the evil in the society

  30. nyambose says:

    musiyeso kunena za Munthalika sanje tho

  31. nyambose says:

    Inu anthu a ku karonga si atumbuka ayi i should correct u. komaso u karonga villagers how can u kill a 75 year Man and Woman, God will punish u repent before calamity hits, u remember floods are coming since ur near the liver banks u will b wiped away. Ngati simumawafuna mukanatiuza mumanamizira anthu kuti ndi afiti bwanji sanakulozeni nthawi yoseyi, ndipo amene umayambisa zimenezi soon we are coming ku karonga konko to burn ur houses tizaone mmene mu zaifirire inuyo dikirani mulungu akulangani.

  32. chatonda says:

    What is Kyungu doing in Karonga? DC is living in fear because she will be next to be burnt alive yet Kyungu is there fighting civil servants for nothing. Chiefs are directly responsible for addressing witchcraft issues but he is busy at NAC in Lilongwe as if he is the CEO.

  33. Muhiphethere says:

    The moment I saw smoke and flames of fire in this picture, I knew it would be a tumbuka story. A very primitive tribe to the core. Schools only make them learned thieves but not educated at all. Thats why they have failed for 51 years to make their dead north attractive. Dzuka savage tumbuka dzuka!

  34. Phwexy says:

    Atipaka ma teargas za zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… Anthu osalakwa..

  35. maggie mkandawire says:

    So does it mean that from now people will not be caught koma anthu inu!!!!!

  36. mtumbuka selfish dog says:

    Thindwa is right. There is no witchcraft and the belief in this foolishness is costing lives. It must be banned

  37. Tengupenya says:

    get crocodile hunters to kill the marauding beast

  38. Paul Nkhata says:

    This is Bad even if they were wrong we aren’t supposed to make such judgement’s. We really have to know our enemy who is the devil.

  39. i miss kamuzu banda and john tembo says:

    stupid villagers still believing in witchcraft in 2015. when a witch cures AIDS and cancer, or when a witch helps malawi win the world cup, then i will believe. otherwise it’s all bullshit to me.

    i dare any witch out there to kill me before 3:00 pm. if you can’t, then fuck you. we’re living in a failed country and the best you can do is to ‘create a crocodile?’ seriosly???

  40. Andrew says:

    Mfiti otchani basi osasekeleranso iyayi!!!!

  41. Kanyimbi says:

    Surely this river reaches Lake Malawi, therefore Crocodiles can easily be found in this river, If three people were attacked in three weeks it seems the crocodile was eating one person per week which can really happen. By the way are these people educated? in what way?

  42. redeemed says:

    Africa seems to be taking a step ahead and two back wards in terms of civilisation. Obviously education has failed to improve people’s thinking capacity, may the holly spirit please intervene.

  43. losco says:

    Is Karopnga part of Malawi really?

  44. jer says:

    THiS IS VERY SHAMEFUL , BABARIC , INHUMANE, UNCIVILIZED

  45. aurora says:

    may the almighty god forgive you beasts for burning innocent souls. fiti alipomwepo patsogolo kuotcha anthu yet mukaotcha anthu osalakwa…koma zinazi… why didnt u let GOD be the judge not taking the law in yourr own hands…sibhoooo nanuso zizakuchitikilani

  46. Uncle Chekacheka says:

    I feel sorry….the devil was too unhappy to see the two having many days in this world and decided to terminate them in this way. It is very bad. There are indeed so many wrongdoers who deserve such a death but not the two. Why not set a blaze cashgate comrades and this other guy who has got no mercy for the people in Malawi.

    Sitting on the judgement seat, I speak fire to all who took part in the act and doom to their offspring until they all repent.

    Let me also take this opportunity, while am still on the judgement seat, to speak doom to all all cashgate beneficiaries and their families. May the maggots make you food for themselves.

    To poor malawians and the believed members in Karonga, I say hope in God for He is sending someone from the east restore hope and wipe away our tears.

  47. Nganya says:

    Wanganya wubulu nguwemi yayi. Hee mwakoma wanthu wachiuta apa. Sambilaninge.

  48. mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    When did God hire you to start judging on HIS behalf?

  49. Nkhosa says:

    Wamisala adaona nkhondo. Thindwa is a saint for their group does not want this nonsense

  50. johnmasanza says:

    Kodi munthu akakalamba ndie kuti ndi mfiti?Umbuli basi!Police pls am demanding more arrest coz these couple has humiliated n 4nothing.Pls my fellow Malawians let’s change our mindset towards elders they r our parents n let’s lov them

  51. Afiti a kwawo kwa Thindwa kuphana okhaokha.shame.

  52. hippo says:

    That is ignorance.Mr Thindwa and Malawi Police arrests the suspects.Only Tumbukas can do this evil act.

  53. Ireland Man says:

    In Europe old people are protected by law and given fair treatment until they finish their days. In Africa old people are wizards and witches. I am coming back home to protect the rights of the elderly, SO HELP ME GOD.

  54. George phiri says:

    This is sad, komabe uthenga kwa anthu nonse amene mumadzitama kuti ndinu afiti; please stop this nonses, I know people who can tun ropes into snakes just to torment others. Lived in Europe for sometime now and all you see is that our freinds here use magic for public shows during the day making money.

  55. Malawiyano says:

    This time that the owners of the crocodiles have been torched to death can the Police arrest all those people take them to the river to spend a night there to prove and make sure that the crocodiles are no more there .

    Please police make sure that those thugs are arrested and judged according to the laws of the land.

    Karonga is becoming an empire on its own with Kungu and the so called Zizukulu.

    Jologi Nthindwa , can you go and investigate this case in Karonga and that the culprits are brought to book with immediate effect.

  56. wise says:

    This kind of behavia is not good at all u just killed innocent ppl beging u to have mecy but u keep bending them. Shame on u Mr village headman cause if u were tough on ur rurals this would have not happen. Take them to prison rightaway! To those who die rsp God will see the hollable painful death that u went thru, rsp

  57. mtonga says:

    Ndava nayo chisoni imfa iyi. Atumbuka mwatani inu

  58. chirwason says:

    thats bad.abweretsa umasiye,umphawi kwa ana osiyidwa.we dont have to react when angry.suspects must be punished indeed if found guilty.

  59. mwana mulopwana says:

    Stupid thinking, the people were supposed to track down the crocodile and kill it,

    1. Ine ndine mmodzi wakumeneko ndithu chichewa changa muchimvetse.Kodi munthu kuti akutchule kuti ndiwe mfiti kapena hule,olo mbava,etc chimachitika ndichani?Sindikuvomereza koma kuti anthufe chonde mukhalidwe wathu, mayankhulidwe athu zonsezi zili ndi zotisatira.For example, munthu wabwino wofasa, woopa Mulungu, womvera chisoni anzake, wochezeka ndinso wocheza ndi anthu.Wotereyu taganizani angamupange chipongwechi?Bukhu loyera likumatiphunzitsa kufunikira kwa munthu wina aliyense kwamzake ngakhale kwa iye Mulungu mwini.Choyamba apapa tikafuna kuti ufiti tione ndimaso kapena kugwira ndimanja zivuta kumvetsa ndithu.Koma ineyo ufiti uli pakamwa ndimuchitidwe munthu akuonetsera kwa anzakewo.Ndipo chimene chimasoweka number one chikondi ndipo chimasokonekera kuchokera kwamakolofe timangoonerera zinthu zikulakwika.Anthu ambiri akufa ndikuvutika mayankhulidwe kukonda kuoopsyeza, kunyoza as a result mwasoka wina ndimawuwo kumapezana ndi tsoka.Tsono ineyo pempho ndi loti makolofe tikhale ndi chikondi ndi mwana aliyense.Tikhale ndi mtima wokhudzidwa mavuto akapezeka pakati pathu.Mwandisangalatsa ambiri mukudzudzula koma ena mwachikondi enanso monyoza.Koma kumbukani kuti chimene muli chikutsataninso ndipo chikachitika mpomwe kudziwike kuti amatero munthuyu?Kuli okalamba ambiri ndipo osangalatsa gogo woti ngakhale wafodya kapena chidakwa umva gogo wasewera bwanji?Zikuchitika ndithu izi sinthabwala ayi.Ndikutero ifenso tikukula tiyeni tikhale okondeka ndi anzathu kudera tiliko.Anthu ayamike Mulungu chimene tili malowo.Ndithu Ufiti tikateto supezeka ndithu tisachulutse minyozo kapena nzeru koma tsatilani mawu opatulika ndithudi zabwino zikutsatani.Musayiware kuno ndiku dziko lapansi kumene kuli mwini wazoyipa koma kuwaposa amenewa njira yake ndiyimeneyo.Nanga munthu zoona out of 100% pasapezeka wokuyimirira ndizoona izi?Abale tisamale tikamakhala ndi anzathu chonde Mulungu atithandize.

  60. Zoonazake says:

    Why no arrrst like police doesn’t know who did this? Useless police. Go and arrest them now before I send you home packed. Or take those who burned the couple to sweem in that river to proove them wrong. Malawi block stop ng’weeeee!!

  61. Girl says:

    Bad very Bad apolice anali kuti kodi izi zikuchitika paka athu kupsya kuthaaa mmmmm my Malawi my Land

  62. Wokongola says:

    This is pure evil, how can you guys kill someone in that way? Mulungu akanakhala amatilanga pompo tikalakwa bwenzi tili moyo ife? How can you that? I feel the pain this couple went through, i can hear them screaming for mercy. Malawi watani kodi?

  63. Has wa a Phiri kwa Chapananga, Chikwawa says:

    Zowotchanazi yayi everynoe needs life. If one is old does not mean is a witchcraft pliz lets change our mindset. Old people are our library, our pride. I dont say ufiti kulibe is there but there must be a proof that indeed one was indulged in such doings. Government should enact the death sentence so that whoever kills one in such a way, should also be killed.

  64. Chipie says:

    Achita bwino kuwapha amenewo.tiganize za umphawi ndi afiti nthawi imodzi? Akapezeka,keep on burning zem.

  65. Let God handle it,how many witchcraft we have in our country? We don’t know them eve one. Yet God knows them.unite with Prayer,coz with God all innocent pple like me will remains safely.komaxo kumpoto mwanyanya ndinchitidwe wolengerana maka ng’ona kusapemphera kapena vuto ndimaphunziro

  66. gaga says:

    I THINK THE CROCODILE WILL NOT COME AGAIN BECAUSE THE WITCH ARE ALL DEAD . WHAT WILL THE VILLAGERS DO WHEN CROCODILE WILL KILL SOME PEOPLE IN THAT AREA, ABALE YOU CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE TO GROW UP IN THE SAME VILLAGE FOR 75 YEARS AND 65 YEARS IN THE SAME VILLAGE AND NOW CHIFUKWA CHOTI AKALAMBA AKUTI NDI A MFITI ZAKA ZONSEZO UFITIWO ANALIBE AMADIKILIRA KUTI AKHALE NDI ZAKA 75, 65 ETI ZOMVESA CHISONI KWABASI ATHU AMENE AMAONERERAWO MUUZIMU WAWO AMATI AKUONERA CHANI, APOLICE ASATENGE THAWI ATHU AMENE ACHITA IZI NDIOZIWIKA SIZOTENGASO THAWI APA. VERY SAD,

  67. CHINJOKA says:

    Kkkkkkk atumbuka mwayambapo

  68. tzbvxhn says:

    Can u imagine how logic works in Malawi ?

  69. sure says:

    why killing people in such away ? please Malawians lets love one another…these people am 100% they were innocent.. lets stop this

  70. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Those who burned the couple are the real criminals: they essentially were judges or jury, and executioners. And this injustice cannot be allowed in this country.
    Imagine the suffering, both physical and emotional, this couple went through before they died! Poor couple.
    The Police have to move quickly on this case; and if the perpetrators are found guilty by the courts, the maximum punishment must be meted out, as a deterrent.
    The murderers must believe in witchcraft, in the first place. Malawi should educate its citizens against this belief; and maybe this could start in primary school. Say, in “civics” classes; start with kids, before their minds get corrupted. It would be like immunizing the kids against witchcraft.

  71. malani says:

    Mwerudza uheni..it is not suppose to b like that. Ok

  72. chimboro says:

    If the crocs were made by the dead people let them now start sleeping in the river to prove the truth.Police should remand the village headman so that the wrongdoers must be arrested.Anthu asaphunzira Ku mpoto

  73. Wa Nzeru Wa Kummawa says:

    Where was Thindwa to help this couple?

  74. SONG says:

    Police arrest all involved in this murder. Why did the villagers fail to kill the crocodile. It is not good to assume like that innocent people are killed and people will be answerable to God if they don’t repent.

  75. KAMTEDZA says:

    The Lord God Almighty does not agree with kind of justice it is bad and very bad because it is only based on suspicion. Mob justice is no justice at all! Please Malawians could we learn to have mercy and compassion as this would give us the patience to verify whether indeed anything we suspect is true or not. The blood of the innocent people we have killed in the name of this mob madness will be upon us. The Lord God Almighty in displeasure could actually the rains not to come to this country because of the many innocent souls we kill in this manner. Even if they were to be in the wrong, this is not the manner we should be dealing with wrong doors in our society. As long as this country allows the spirit of suspicion to have the upper hand in our dealings, this country will never progress. May the Lord have mercy on us!!!

  76. goat says:

    Screaming for mercy….. police arrest the suspects. I feel sorry for the couple chifukwa satan used these people to torment them.. What proof is there that indeed they were practising witchcraft? Lord have mercy and MTSRIP

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