Malawi Police net 10 witchcraft murder suspects

Malawi Police in southern district of Neno have arrested 10 people in connection to the brutal killing of four elderly persons suspected to have been practicing witchcraft in the district.

It was a lynching ceremony in Neno

It was a lynching ceremony in Neno

The four deceased—73 year-old Byson Kanjete, Eliza Enoce Kanjete, 83, Elenefa Kanjete, 76 and Julius Kanjete—were also believed to be behind the death of their granddaughter who was struck by lightning.

They were killed by angry mob in Chimbalanga village in Chief Dambe’s area.

The arrested suspects, according to Neno Police spokesperson, are 36 year-old Staford Chifundo, Amosi Sida, 32, Samuel Kaudzu, 20, John Harry, 21, Lex Mayenda aged 19, Manford Dyson, 15, Patrick Kanjete, 14, Lyton Silence, 15, Ben Saukila aged 14 and 13 year-old Eliya Mapeto.

Kaliati said the arrested suspects were identified by some of the survivors of the mob justice in the area and that more people will be arrested over the death of the four elderly persons.

“Our investigations have not ended. Those we have arrested were in the forefront, there are more others who participated in the murders and we will arrest them,” Kaliati said.

The arrest came barely a day after President Peter Mutharika condemned the ruthless killing of the four witchcraft suspects.

Mutharika promised to step up government’s efforts to stem the killings of elderly people on witchcraft suspicion.

He also ordered the Inspector General of the Malawi Police to investigate the matter and bring to book those involved in the killing of the four people.

According to a statement issued by Presidential spokesperson Gerald Viola, it was high time Malawians changed their attitudes towards witchcraft and realize the value of elderly people in society.

Meanwhile, police are patrolling Neno.

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Waffling on about something called Satan does not make it any more real than any of the other make-believe characters in the bible and similar works of fiction.
There are no gods, prophets, devils, angels or – for that matter – satans either.
None of them exist. End of.
Stop wasting your time with religio-babble nonsense.
Try leading a real life in the real world instead.


For me is may God forgive John. Thank you


I don’t need or want forgiveness from you or your imaginary non-existent nonentities.
You have my sympathy for your delusional state.
I hope you get over it as soon as you can.
I look forward to when you start to live a real life.

The bits and pieces of information I have collected from books and articles written by some of those people that were once entangled in satanism indicate that Satan is so cruel and at the same time crafty. He will kill for no reason and create an allegation so as to legitimise the slaughter. The bible also comfirms that Satan is evil and comes but to kill, steal and destroy, John 10:10. Due to ignorance we destroy one another (Hosea 4:6) and what we are experiencing now (ritual killings and such other evils) are as a result of ignorance of Satan’s… Read more »
Hey people such a babaric act is uncalled for in our society. Because these old people are poor and had no mouth to say they were called witches. Stop doing things in away that God can not forgive you. What I need as a citizen of this country is that those who took part in killing these old people should produce vivid evidence that they were witches i.e. how they conducted it. Chifukwa sibwino munthu chifukwa choti wasawuka komanso kukalamba ndifiti ayi. Tiyeni zinthu zina tizimusiyira Mulungu kuti satana achite manyazi. Komanso panthawi yomwe amaphedwa anthu amenewa mafumu anali alikuti… Read more »

Kwa chimbalanga moyo wao ndi umenewo ogulitsa mphezi mwina zathano zipita mphezi kwawo sanalakwitse kuzipha

A magwira

Shaaaaa kugulitsa mpaka

Titus kamanga

Where is the church?


Ufiti ulipo , makolo anthu anamwalila pano tikuvutika ,fiti ndi yoyipa imadana ndi olimbika achita bwino kuzipha umasye ukuchuluka chifukwa cha ufitiwo


Opha nzake nayenso aphedue kom izozo ndizokayikitsa.umboni weniweni wot anamupha tsikanayo ndi azigogowo anautenga kut?


Guys witchcraft is real,let’s not denie this.If found in our locations,let’s deal with them.They hinder development in our communities,because they always kill people who are capable for development,,,,,,


No, Fargic, it is ill-educated ignorant people like you who hinder development – no one else.
Your thoughts and actions make you complicit in an act of murder.
You are no better than the actual murderers themselves.

griffin sinyala

ine ndi mmalawi and zoti ufiti ulipo ndikudziwa bwino so awo ngati. dizowona kuti anatumiza mphezi zakhala bwino nawonso spite Akakumane ndi mzawo anamuphayo

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