Karonga village headman hacked to death: Witchcraft wrangle

A 56 year old group village headman Mtende of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilupula in Karonga was hacked to death Tuesday allegedly because of a wrangle between him and his acting on accusations bordering on witchcraft. death1

Nyasa Times understands that the wrangle was responsible for six mysterious deaths in the month of August alone.

Enock Livason, Karonga Police Publicist confirmed the death and identified the name of the deceased as Alfred Mwangosi, and that he was dethroned in 2010 by over undisclosed reasons.

“He was told to resume his services this year but the development did not go well with the one who had replaced him as acting chief. He mobilized a gang to kill the deceased,” explained Livason.

He added: “On Tuesday the deceased went to the house of his rival to resolve their disagreement in order for him to take over the chieftainship but unfortunately upon arriving a gang started hacking him and he died eventually.”

Six people have been arrested in connection to the murder.

Arrests for couple’s mob justice

In a related development village headman Mtendere of T/A Kyungu was arrested Tuesday on suspicion that he mobilized villagers to set ablaze a house alleged to have been belonging to couple alleged to be practicing witchcraft.

The murdered couple is identified as 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.

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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50 thoughts on “Karonga village headman hacked to death: Witchcraft wrangle”

  1. u r the next……I min u the pre………………….

  2. Mayi says:

    No. 10 ndiwe onunkha kuujeni kwakoko. Mumene kumanunkhila kuujeni kwako ndi kwa mlomwe, muchewa, muyawo, mungoni, musena, mtumbuka ndi chimodzimodzi. Palibe zonyozana mitundu apa. Mutundu wina uli onse umapanga zolakwika. Ndi mtima wa munthu basi. Timamva kuti achewa aphana, a lomwe aphana, ayao aphana ndi mitundu yina yonse imaphana. Nkhani poti yachitika ku mpoto basi mumvekele atumbuka atumbuka. For your information, si mtundu wa chitumbuka wapanga zimenezi ndi ankhonde. U cant combine asena ndi ayawo kukhala alomwe just becoz ndi a ku mwela. Umbuli bwanji amangwetu. Its high time tikhuzumuke zomanenana mitundu.

  3. Professor Dr. James Napwiri Phiri says:

    Atumbula mwayamba kuphana nokhanokha vindere

  4. peeping lizard says:

    LOPUSA NDIBOMA LAMALAWIIIII LIKUDZIWABWINO KUTI KUMALAWI KULI UFITI ,AND KULIBE LAMULO.NDE ANTHU AKAGWIRA OR KUONA MFITI ,AZITANA,? MUMADZIWA KUTI ANTHU AMBIRI AMWALIRA CHIFUKWA CHOLODZANA? AND MUKUDZIWA.MUNGABVE BWANJI INU MULIMWANA NDIKUKULODZERANI MAKOLO ANU ONSE?KODI KUPARLIAMENT MUMATANI? OSAMAONA KHANI NGATI ZIMENEZI? STUPID ! BOMALAMALAWI KOMA KUBA KAPENA KUONJEZERA MALIPIRO AWO.

  5. Akyaloli says:

    Mtemi wipe out the whole village of Mwantende kwa Songwe.Yabania ikusu between Mwasulama and Mwangwala.Bikututamyaga bwila aba linga mubalekile ikisu.Banya Mwantende bikututamya twe banya Sakabanga kangi bikutukosya isoni.

  6. Felix Thawani says:

    chamba achinyamata mpaka kupha mfumu ????

  7. Charles wa Mndondo says:

    This has nothing to do with a tribe or district! It Is the condition of the human heart, whose solution only CHRIST can provide!!! If everybody at individual level can surrender his/her heart to CHRIST, people’s behaviors at individual level will improve – hate will be replaced with love, forgiveness, compassion. The sin problem has spared no one, no district, no country. This time it is individuals in a village in Karonga, next time it will involve someone in Phalombe, Blantyre, Kasungu, DRC, Texas, etc. Those who read papers and watch tv and are objective will testify of the moral decay in society world over!! Signs of the times – wowerenga khala maso pakuti Yesu ali pafupi kubwera and the devil has intensified his destructive efforts!!!

  8. Ithnk the whole africa need death penaty once

  9. Thats inhumanity not tribes wake up guys

  10. Austin kajawa says:

    Comment reserved

  11. Noah says:

    God will Judge,,

  12. shadreck tembo says:

    That’s very unfortunate.ur not a malawian.that’s wy ur afraid of federalism eeti.anthu asaphunzira inu.sudziwa kuti anthu akumpoto ndiye machinery ya mlawi.talk of fine and prolific lawyers com from de north.

  13. manale says:

    Atumbuka, atumbuka, atumbuka! How many times should I teach you chikhalidwe agalu inu. Ufiti basi? Mukatha kudyanako …

  14. Andrew K says:

    What is wrong with anthu a ku Karonga? It would seem something isn’t oky with these morons. Why do u always find yourselves in the paperz 4 the wrong reasons?

  15. kunena mosapsyatila says:

    A chewa & other tribes you speak as if you are immune of such predicaments. In fact you are the worst perpetrators of these hideous acts. What about that ndege ya ufiti ya kuKasungu ija and obscene things done by the nyau cult? The Lhomwe belt is actually the epicenter of witchcraft acts. You blow a trumpet at any slight mistake a northerner does.

    I really get surprised at how Southerners and ochewa are so proud about their desert regions that are infested by economic malaise, hunger, and their so called suburb cities which are dominated by armed robbers and people living in appalling inhumane conditions.

    Don’t hide your problems by castigating other tribes southerners. If Malawi is called the poorest country on earth, the majority of you contribute to this statistics, according to the Human Development Index. Stop making noise and concentrate on your problems.

    God will know what to do with those people who have committed the crimes in Karonga. It is not up to you to judge.

  16. yakobo says:

    I witnessed the same just a week after arriving in Karonga in 1999at Bwiba Turn off

  17. iwe viwongo tikusintha bweka chara imwe mwabanyithu muli bwino mumangotengapo dzina lachinthu kaya somba,tayala, tube, spoon, chipisi,kholowa,zampita,etc. pepani paka winawake khoswe.

  18. drogba says:

    I think government should think seriously about this thing called Karonga district. Honestly, savages in this district think they are above any set law in Malawi. Infact government should think of deploying a good amount of PMF officers or even the Army into this district. They should trample on any savage called Mutumbuka, Ngonde, Nyachusa etc that want to cause troubles there. We send Malawi army to DRC to help keep peace in there, what about in our own country?? Kill all troublemakers especially in Karonga, as you did in 2011. Daily tizingomva za anthu a ku karonga, why?? PMF and Army, this is your assignment

  19. alex says:

    pamwambapo ndawona kuti wina akulankhualbza Shit
    my osalimba ndi mtindu wa munthu cuse this is ttal shit
    that tells all of us that ulibe chochita mtown muno we are all mw…ians to hell with your fucken nonsense
    ndiwe mbuli…you know nothing fuck off
    iwe ozindikira whats is your achievement here in town I hate you where ever you are
    you are a peace of shit

  20. willybetha says:

    that’s un usual pray that God save these souls

  21. a palibe kanthu—– are you God Fearing person? why mentioning God? God said DO NOT KILL so why are you glorifying the killing of the chief? Karonga is always in paper for bad reasons i think when Bonkey comes next week will ask him to pray for this district i believe there are evil spirits hovering in this district. life is a precious thing you cant find it anywhere but people in Karonga see this as unworthyless material God Forbid

    wolemekezeka Bambo Thindwa this is the time that you should wakeup from your slumber and take this issue further so that the law should be effected. dont just eat donor funds in the name of fighting for the less previlaged like your comrade wa Mathanyula Gift Thalalalalapesi

  22. willybetha says:

    That’s inhuman stop it !!!!!!!

  23. mfiti mayaya says:

    Ananchidwe akumpoto inu mwawonjezatu. Kenako mudyana amoyo.

    Ife apakati ndi akummwera tili pheee busy ndi chitukuko.

    Olakwa ndi a hinya alikunowa instead of going to develop their dead north they are busy filling our cemetries ku 18 ndiku HHI. All they contribute to our economy are demos. Demeti zanu a Hinya nonse.

  24. nyambose says:

    Inu anthu aku karonga mukudabwisa muzi onse umangidwa

  25. Madala says:

    JUST WAITING FOR APM TO COME HERE & WILL DANCE TO THE MUSIC. CHULE WATIVUSKA UYU

  26. Njekha Soko says:

    These Are Not The Tumbukas Athu Osadziwa Inu, Plz A Nyasatimes Muzifufuza Mokwana Before writing, U R Cheatng The Nation

    1. Iwe soko vinkhumbo simu Ngonde ndithu komanso atumbuka, ankhonde kose ku chitipa uku mwanyanya kukakamira kwa eni wake akuti mukuopa ufiti ngakhale kuti ndibodza.Kwanuko kukuchita kumvetsa chisoni ineso ndikuti ndizoona muzithamangitse zikafikire pamtengo wa mango kupusa ziwanthuzi muzishatapule kwanu nkwanu.

  27. Osangomuchotsa ufumuwo koma kupha basi ife timafuna maudindo kwambiri.

  28. Ohh nkuwona anthu akumpoto akayamba ntchito samapitako kwawokoo! Kuli afiti ambiri ohoo! Anyamata musamapitedi kuli anthu oyipa sinthani mayina: gondwe akhale nkhoma; nyirenda akhale m’madi,

  29. Akyaloli says:

    People of Karonga,do u really want us to go back to the stone age period?This is really achaic and out dated way of living.Where is our “kwangala “and “ubusisya” where the Ngonde culture is centred upon.May hsrip.

  30. Titus Skoti says:

    Karonga in the bad limelight. It used to be Chiradzulu, now it is Karonga. These things remind me of Lord of the Flies. The beast in us, people, if not tamed can be destructive. It just requires people to be civilised.

    May the souls that have died the painful death rest in eternal peace and justice to the perpetrators

  31. mbuli67 says:

    Whatever accusation, killing is not the solution atumbuka inu,tiri mu 21 century mwamva. Nawe Thindwa osapita kukauza vindere vinyako kuti ufwiti kulije uli? Muli busy mtown, pitaniko kumudzi especially kukaya kwinu Ku north and teach these stupid pple about the value of life.

  32. nothern region ndi anthu ake kkkk…power hungily!

  33. malani says:

    Stop it guyz

  34. Phinifolo says:

    Masenga alipo. Ndipo you cannnot prove it because you do not know how to do it. Besides, there is no connectivity between/among some stages of the processes. And this is what is known as ufiti.

  35. enoch says:

    MTUMBUKA SAZATHEKA

  36. chatonda says:

    WHAT IS KYUNGU DOING WITH ALL THESE BAD STORIES ABOUT KARONGA? THE CHIEF IS NONE BUT A FIGURE HEAD

  37. Nabanda says:

    Pakhaledi malamulo, ndisalephere kumanga nyumba chifukwa ndikuwopa kutchulidwa mfiti

  38. palije kanthu says:

    its not about ufuti as u scribe inu a nyasatime koma land grabbing… by the way when did u get ur kazitape to this romote site which is just along the banks of the mighty songwe river.Actually abiashala aku TZ can report the real truth or even be eye witness than nyasatimes …this was a very corrupt mfumu ….someone who had an insatiable craving for grabbing and selling pipo’s land.foolish of him cos now he has died by his own sword.well done kinsmen.u have saved our home.muny’elire….Gob bless u.

  39. Mbwenu says:

    Thats the kind of Tumbuka i know. They are always gelous people.Amafuna iwo akasauka nawenso usauke.Ndiye mufuna chitukuko chakumwera.pakati chifanane ndi kumeneko?Ndiye mudzaotchanadi zenizeni.MANGANI IWO OTENGA MALAMULO MMANJA MWAWO

  40. commenter says:

    Typical of Northerners kkkkk! what do you expect from such a tribe, they criticize us southerners yet they still are jealous of one another and burn one another and make baseless judgements on each other. What if that croc decides to snack on another person, who will they burn next??? instead of getting rid of croco through conservational means with wildlife wina wake wopusa waku north anazaganiza zowotcha makolo amunthu kunya eti!!

  41. popapo says:

    I come from Karonga and a typical Ngonde, but i am ashamed at this barbaric act by my people. It is true our children are no longer interested in school driving them into witchcraft, early marriages, prostitution and trusting in juju to be rich. Our proximity to TZ has also been a negative impact on school going because of business drive. I am sorry for those that have died. Please police make sure the people responsible should be brought to book. Mwe Ba Ngonde why are we behaving like animals ? Banafyale mulikughu ?

  42. ine says:

    kumpoto zanyanya shaaaaaaa…..

  43. Emmatuwa says:

    Muli bwanji Afiti nonse. gwirani ntchito yanu Karonga ayamba kale koma mudziwe kuti Mulungu akakulangani

  44. GRM says:

    What are people in the Republic of Northern Malawi. Anganya awa ndi afiti zedi

  45. chimboro says:

    This is Karonga mbuli zabeleka heavy.Ambiri ku karonga amabwerera STD 5- 7 that is why crime rate is very high. imagine killing each other like monkeys.President ,please send your NIB to arrest these and put the on permanent remand.A Nkhonde ndi mbuli bora Mabakha. Mpaka DC asowe,T/A Asowe, Abusiness Asowe, Mbuli zifuna kuti zonse zipite kuzaleka.

  46. Mnyapaphi says:

    Koma mambwenumbwenu ndiye mwationjezatu. Ena aotcha athu amoyo, ena kukhapa mfumu, ena kufuna kukaba ku mzuzu CCAP, ena angofika kumene pa Mwanza border kuchoka kundende za ku Zimbabwe atabwezedwa ulendo wa ku Jon, ena are still rotting in zim’s jail eeh ayi mwafikapo atumbuka.

  47. Chinthiti says:

    Too bad.Police show them your work.

  48. Moses says:

    To me witchcraft does not exist. Its just an illusion and mistery imaginations.

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