Malawi Secular humanist condemns Neno witchcraft killings

Association of Secular Humanism executive director George Thindwa has severely condemned the brutal killing of four elderly persons in Neno on Monday accused of witchcraft, saying the gruesome murder of the suspected witches was worse than the myth of witchcraft itself.

Secular Humanism leader in Malawi: Dr George Thindwa

Secular Humanism leader in Malawi: Dr George Thindwa

Thindwa said he was shocked to learn that the four elderly people were beaten to death in day light despite his organisation’s relentless fight against this through a three year programme that saw him criss cross the country, on various radios and televisions with the same message that people should not kill suspected witches because witchcraft never exists.

“Look at how they have killed these elderly people, in a very brutal way, this is worse much worse than the myth of witchcraft,” he said.

The four Eliza Kanjete, 86, Ayelinifa Kanjete, 76, Byson Kanjete, 73 and Idesi Kanjete 69 were beaten to death at Chimbalanga village in chief Dambe’s area in Neno after they were suspected of killing Flora Kanjete, 17, who was struck to death by lightning.

A postmortem from hospital shows the four died of severe bleeding due to wounds they sustained due to severe beating of the mob.

Police spokesman in Neno Raphael Kaliati said Tuesday no arrests have been effected because tension is still high in the area hampering police investigations.

He however said a preliminary investigation had just started to find out what really happened and identify the killers.

Gender, children affairs and the elderly minister Patricia Kaliati is yet to comment on the matter but President Peter Mutharika has time and again told Malawians to respect the elderly and avoid linking them to witchcraft.

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  1. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    Mr John,

    Yahweh God Himself, whom you blaspheme continuously through your willing ignorance shall surely show Himself up to you, to open your eyes so that you should believe in Him, and and in His Son, Jesus Christ (FOR HE HAS FORGIVEN YOU ALREADY, DYING FOR YOU ON THE RAGGED CROSS OF GOLGOTHA), so that He, the only name by which must be saved yourself from this evil generation and from the kingdom of Satan into that of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; for HE HIMSELF HAS SAID THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN MERE WORDS OF MAN’S WISDOM BUT IT IS IN IN DEMONSTRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND OF POWER, SO THAT MEN’S FAITH SHOULD NOT REST IN THE WISDOM OF MEN, BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD. ARISE THEREFORE, O GOD THAT MAN MEN OF THIS WORLD, YOUR OWN POTS OF CLAY ARE MERE VAPOUR, THAT THEY MAY BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES, AND TURN BACK TO YOU (FOR THEY STILL DO NOT KNOW YOU HAVE ALREADY FORGIVEN THEM THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!! ARISE NOW O YAHWEH GOD AND HUMBLE THE DEVIL AND ALL HIS COHORTS.AMEN!!! AND AMEN!!!

    1. John says:

      I don’t ‘blaspheme’ (as you put it) against Yahweh. I simply say there is no scientifically verifiable evidence that any such non-entity actually exists. As it is something for which there is no proof of its existence, it is pointless and fruitless to speculate on aspects of something that simply does not exist. You may have time to waste on such pointless activities but most sensible and reasonable people do not.
      Strange, is it not, that no one can produce any contemporary evidence whatsoever produced during the period 0 to 35 Common Era that demonstrates that any such person as your mythical Jesus ever even existed? You would think such a historically important figure would have had huge amounts of literature produced during his life-time about him but the fact is that not one single piece of written work was ever produced relating to him during his alleged life-time. What does that tell you? Answer: “Jesus” never existed.
      So, stop wasting your time and energy on religious mumbo jumbo and similar nonsense.

  2. NASAN says:

    Baibul limati musalole wanyanga kuti akhale ndimoyo ble zamaufulu izi muzaweta mjoka nyumba muzina lafulu

  3. Baliso dapper says:

    Doze fucken bullshit dey deserve to die

  4. Tt says:

    Facts based on objective evidence:
    1. Witches don’t exist
    2. Jesus “the son of a Jewish god” never existed ask any jew!
    3. Homosexual humans exist.

    The only reason people believe in witchcraft is coz they are ignorant and the only reason people pray to someone who is fake like jesus is because they have been indoctrinated from their childhood (brainwashed!)

  5. Unenesko Nguwemi says:

    The fact is there is witchcraft.Lets not formulate laws that shields the culprits and suppress the complainers.If we do it people will resort to mob justice because the law is oppressive.Some of us have even publicly say there is no witchcraft that is untrue.Those practicing witchcraft cannot come in the open because it is an evil thing and shameful.That is why they donot accept.

    1. John says:

      You are talking ignorant primitive evil nonsense. There is no such thing as witchcraft.
      The legal offence of witchcraft has been banned from all civilized countries and attempts by ignorant savages to restore it to the statute book will always be opposed by enlightened rational people everywhere.
      It is people like you who encourage the illegal mob murder of totally innocent people.
      If anyone should be prosecuted with the full force of the law, it is people like you.
      I hope the police track you down and charge you with inciting hatred of innocent people.
      Because of people like you, 4 elderly innocent people were savagely beaten to death.
      I hope you are satisfied with your corrupt handiwork.
      I hope you go to jail for a long time for doing it too.

  6. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    Thindwa is a senior witch himself.

  7. Myao says:

    I believe a thindwa ali ndi Mphini, nzachiyani?

  8. Mkulumadzi says:

    Where is the MP from this constityuency. Speak up your mind please. This is your time to express your concerns. What do you think aggravated this. Is it as a of result of poverty, ignorance or what? Our MPs please show us your presence.

  9. Dr Mphwiyo says:

    As a qualified medical doctor I say unto you my fellow Malawians, George Thindwa is 100% right. There is no witchcraft. Accusations of witchraft are made by those who are ignorant of what causes disease and lightening and those who don’t want to accept that we will all die one day. Some of you will grow old and be accused of witchraft if we don’t support Thindwa in routing out this stupid belief!!!!

    1. The Analyst says:

      You are a doctor of what in the first place?; of houseflies or monkeys or chickens?; coz if you really were a doctor (that we assume you are) as you claim, you would remember that what you were taught in class, is a branch of medicine called modern medicine hence drawing a divide between traditional and modern medicine.

      The practice of witchery or wizadly is a part of traditional medicine; this you should have known if you cared to live the doctor you shamelessly claim to be.
      If you also cared to search for any trait of reason in your brain, you would quickly realise that inability to prove the existence of something, scientifically or otherwise; does nto necessarily mean the non-existent of that something.

  10. Dikisan says:

    Bola mukadawadyetsa tsabola; Kuchotsa moyo. iiiiiii. A hindwa mutophetsa anthu. Muti ifiti kulibe. Mwatoonanga. Muti chiyani?

  11. khuka says:

    anthu achita cbithu chowopsya kwambiri.koma izi zimachitika chifukwa cha kutopa nawo afiti makamaka ife amene tazionapofe kuti afiti aliko ngati mmene ma atheist aphunzitsira kuti kulibe mphamvu yotchedwa mulungu chifukwa sakuyiwona koma gravity iliko kaya anaiona ndi chimodzimodzi ndi ufiti ndi technology yaamwamba kwambiri and one of the oldest yingofuna kulimbana nayo mozama kwambiri osati kumango bwebweta pamene iwenso uli beneficier wa ufiti omwewo.

  12. anti-thindwa says:

    in as much as i cannot condon the killing of those 4 elderly people i will never agree with mfiti # 1 thindwa on the fact that ufiti kulibe. A Malawi ufiti ulipo thindwa ndi majority of our parliamenterians ndi afiti ndipo sangasinthe malamulo. ineyo ana ananena mnyumba mwanga kuti atopa ndi zomwe akuchita a neighbour ndipo a neighbour anachita confess, we wrnt to police koma their hands were tied becoz of mfito thimdwa kwa ine iwe ndi yemwe wakolezera mkwiyo wa anthu coz they are suffering n. silence becoz of ur aid yomwe akulandila kuchokela kwa satana

  13. Nabanda says:

    The Partriot you are saying the truth umbulidi ndi matenda

  14. Afiti aziphedwa kumene chimodzi modzi magay aziphedwaso

  15. Nyangwita says:

    This only shows that Malawi is still living in the stone age era. No wonder it is the poorest country in the world. Our colleagues in developed countries understand human physiology. They don’t attribute sickness or death to witchcraft. The take care of their bodies. The government has to work with Thindwa in civic-educating people.

  16. kk says:

    Man Thindwa, dziwani kuti UFITI ulipo ndichifukwa chake mwapeza dzina loti UFITI.
    Mukapita kwa azungu mukaupezaso ndi chifukwa chake mukanve kuti WITCHCRAFT.
    Ndiye ndi zibwana zomatiganizitsa kuti iweyo ndiwe Fiti yayikulu ku Malawi kuno.
    Nduganiza kuti ifa yobwera moopsa pa munthu wachichepele ngati msungwanayo simachitika pafupi pafupi ndipokhapo ngati watenga matenda osatiso malungo ayi chifukwa pa age iyi munthu amakhala very strong pambali zonse za moyo,
    Pomaliza UFITI ulipo mwanva Odala Othindwa?

  17. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    With Malawi’s Christian population estimated at 82.6% by 2014 statistical estimations, it is most probable that over three-quarters of the people who took part in the killing of the four Chimbalanga witchcraft suspects were Christians themselves, with some of them holding important positions in various Churches around the area. It is even most probable also that almost all of the killed witchcraft suspects were themselves called CHRISTIANS, WITH SOME THEM ALSO PROBABLY HOLDING IMPORTANT POSITIONS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST JESUS. It also therefore, follows without much controversy, that most sins, iniquities, crimes and atrocities committed in Malawi, like gossiping, stealing, killing, drunkenness, adultery, fornication, sexual immorality, homosexuality, drug abuse, corruption, cursing, hatred, mischief, jealousies, envy, love of money, idolatry, satanism, witchcraft, sorcery, debauchery, malice, magic, BLASPHEMY etc are committed by those who answer to the name CHRISTIAN IN MALAWI!!!! This sadly fulfills what God says in Romans 2:24, “For, as it is written, “THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONGST THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU!!!! ( ie who practice the same things you judge others, ie the pagans for (Romans 2:1!!!!)) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………MALAWI! AND ALL OF YOU NEAR AND FAR! GENUINE REPENTANCE OF ALL OF US CHRISTIANS FIRST AND ALL YOU PAGANS AND ATHEISTS LIKE DR GEORGE THINDWA, AND TRUE NEW BIRTH, IS THE ONLY WAY OUT OF OUR PREDICAMENTS AND TROUBLES WE AS A REPUBLICAN NATION/STATE HAVE SUBJECTED OURSELVES INTO, EVEN AS CHRIST JESUS COMMANDED US IN JOHN 3:3, 5, 7, SAYING “”TRULY! TRULY! I SAY UNTO YOU! UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD!” TRULY! TRULY! UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD!” “DO NOT MARVEL THAT I SAID TO YOU, ‘YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!” ” ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………AND TO YOU DR GEORGE THINDWA AND ALL OF YOU ATHEISTS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF THE ONE TRUE GOD, HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO TRIUNELY CREATED AND MADE ALL THINGS, INCLUDING YOU: YOU WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF THE GREATER AND MORE REAL SPIRITUAL WORLDS! I PRAY TODAY THAT YAHWEH GOD THE FATHER HIMSELF MUST FORGIVE YOU FOR YOUR UNBELIEF FOR CHRIST JESUS’S SAKE AND MUST HIMSELF SHOW UP UNTO YOU THROUGH HIS DEAR SON JESUS CHRIST, MORE THAN HE SHOWED UP TO SAUL OF TARSUS ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS, THAT YOUR POOR SOULS SHOULD BE SAVED FROM HELL AND FROM THE LAKE OF FIRE WHICH YOU DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE EXISTS FOR THE DEVIL, HIS DEMONS AND EVERY WICKED UNREPENTANT SINNER!!! FOR YOU HAVE STUBBORNLY AND BLINDLY RESISTED HIM FOR LONG NOW! IN JESUS’S NAME!!! AMEN!!!! AND AMEN!!!!

    1. John says:

      While you are probably right to attribute the majority of victims and perpetrators of murder to nominal christians, the fact is that they are all victims of colonialist belief systems designed to make them “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” – just as you have been mind-washed into doing.
      They – and you – have all been deluded into believing in things that do not exist – such as non-existent gods – and in things that never have existed – such as the mythical fictional character you call Jesus, for whom not one single scrap of verifiable evidence exists or has ever existed to verify his existence.
      The sooner you all leave behind delusional religious nonsense, the better it will be for all concerned.
      You must all learn to live simply by the golden rule, i.e. treat others as you would wish them to treat you. Once you all accept that simple rule, the rest is very straightforward.

  18. The Partriot says:

    For once , even Thindwa , the atheist, is RIGHT! As a natiion, we need to take care of the eldery, not kill them. Look the Kanjete family has not only lost the 17 year old girl but 4 other people, essentailly wiping out 2 generations. All credits go to umbuli, ignorance is a disease indeed!

  19. Gundumulani says:

    Ndizachisoni kwambili kupha Manolo choncho. May their souls rest in peace

  20. mthakupoli Longwe says:

    It’s fact that old people are witches. What Thindwa is saying is rubbish. I lost my dad in the village because of these stupid witches. Death to all witches in Malawi !!!

    1. John says:

      The only stupid people are those who believe ridiculous nonsense about so-called “witches”.
      They simply do not exist.
      Stop being so credulous in believing such superstitious nonsense.
      Your father died because of illness and/or old age.
      No one lives for ever.
      We all die some time.
      Get that into your head.

  21. Nangantani says:

    Surely this is very heneous. The ones killed deserved to live. Its possible those that killed these elderly pple go to church and even mosques yet it is the etheist who has sympathy for old people.

    Religious bodies who are strongly condeming homosexuals are all quite. why? They see murder lesser evil than homosexuality.

    UN et al? There mouths are sealed because to them there is no need to champion rights for old people but rather rights of gays and lesbians.

    1. John says:

      Most of what you say is correct – except for the last part.
      The UN does champion rights for everyone.
      That includes elderly and young people too.

  22. Ernest says:

    This is all because of igonorance. Who told you that a human being can create and send a lightining to kill somebody? You have shed innocent blood. God will punish you.

    1. John says:

      God does not exist.
      Justice can only come from human beings.

  23. Chadzikhadabo says:

    Thindwa ndiwe mfiti yayikulu. Mphenzi inachoka kuti kopanda mitambo ndi mvula?

  24. Farook Mwawa says:

    With these developments, I now agree with Thindwa. This is nonses, what kind of a God fearing nation is this?

  25. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    While acknowledging that killing the four people is horrendously deplorable hence condemnable in the strongest term possible; it is lack of common wisdom to fail to acknowledge that witchcraft exists.

    God in his infinite might and wisdom, condemned and warned against consulting or seeking help from sorcerers, mediums, fortunetellers, magicians, necromancers and other many forms of witchcraft and wizardly, in many a verse in the Bible (you can google); thus acknowledging the existence of the same. Tsono inu mukuti bwanji?
    Sadly, you don’t even believe in God or the scripture.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Thus, in your disbelief, stubbornness and innocent ignorance; you go around the villages trying to convince people that witchcraft or wizardly does not exist yet many or some of the people you are talking to; are 5-star witches and wizards. Pali nzeru apa?

    You see, your battle seems hard, fruitless and futile because your focus is wrong.

    The message you should have carried, is for the people to not beat or kill or ill-treat the witches or wizards, not for you to tell them what or what does not exist.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    It is a clear display of serious narrowness of mind, to boast that a country with 1.4 bn people called China, does not exist simply because you, yourself, have never stepped foot on it; disregarding the fact that others have seen it, talked/talk about it or have written about its existence.
    By the same token, more generally; just because our minds are too narrow or too shallow to prove the existence of something, does not mean that, that something does not exist.

    This; . . . is an advice from a friend.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

    1. John says:

      Just what 1.4 billion people in China has to do with the murder of four elderly people is frankly unclear and nonsensically irrelevant.
      It is pseudo-religious mumbo jumbo which has caused this outcome.
      Only a belief in superstitious nonsense can explain this appalling crime.
      Forget your non-existent gods.
      It was human agency which committed these crimes and it will have to be human agency which apprehends the criminals and brings them to justice.

      1. The Analyst says:

        If you fail to see that 1.4bn population in a counrty with 1-child policy now 2; is as mysterious as witchcraft itself, hence relevant; I will forgive your narrowness of mind and failure to see a broader view of issues.

        If you are too blind even to see that am talking about God and not gods, I will forgive your blindness and remind you that am not the one who caused it.

        Most importantly, Just like paradise (which has no time or space for devils); I have no time for you because clearly; you are an agent of the devil.

        1. John says:

          Put this into your pseudo-analytical pipe – and smoke it: you write utter drivel.
          Your pathetically attempted comparison between the population of China and events taking place locally in Malawi is one of the most idiotic comparisons ever seen in the entire history of human beings on the planet Earth.
          Your publicly flaunted ignorance does you and the reputation of Malawi no good whatsoever.
          Put behind you all your childish beliefs and learn to be a proper adult with adult ideas.
          Leave behind your baby mentality and belief in baby things like gods, devils, angels, etc.
          Next, you will be telling everyone you believe in flying pink polka-dotted pigs!
          Thank goodness your generation is the one that is dying out.
          The future belongs to the younger rising generation.

          1. The Analyst says:

            Seriously, isn’t their a limit to your ignorance?
            I find your ignorance to be strangely and strikingly remarkable as you cant even marry events taking place in different worlds. I bet, you have never been to school or if you did, you were just there for the numbers.
            And as to why you keep misrepresenting facts by talking about gods while am talking about God, yet you know the difference, only the devil that has sent you, knows. Perhaps am overestimating you by assuming you know the difference. I just wish there was a limit to your ignorance.
            Otherwise, the world is doomed if people’s ignorance is as astounding as yours.

          2. John says:

            A serious answer to your question is that there clearly is no limit to your level of ignorance.
            The fact you talk of non-existent gods and now devils reveals how utterly foolish you are.
            I say ‘gods’ because a conservative estimate would be that humankind has invented at least 10,000 of them to date.
            The one you currently refer to is presumably the married one called Yahweh, though I dare say you use one of the many other names currently available for suckers to absorb.
            In the past, of course, someone like you would have worshiped Zeus or Venus or Mars or any one or more of the pantheon of Greek and Roman so-called “gods”.
            Maybe you would have idolized a former Roman Emperor like Julius Caesar?
            The fact that you continue publicly wallowing in your ignorance is a clear sign of your regrettably regressing backwards to a much earlier and much more primitive state.

          3. The Analyst says:

            Its a pity that the utter nonsense you have provided below as an answer is seen in your emptiness of mind, as a serious one.
            I wish you had attained some level of learning but truth is your level of reasoning is a clear display of someone who wasted his life wallowing in the idleness of a rich man’s son.
            You are such a pity; as all you have left now is courage of a kitchen mouse that even fails you to undersatnd the world around you.
            Its a pity that stupidity is not painful, otherwise you would have felt the pain and stopped being stupid.

          4. John says:

            I leave the pain of stupidity to be experienced by a kitchen cockroach like you.

          5. The Analyst says:

            You can leave it but that wont stop you from being a man with a serious shortage of brains. You are still dumb and retarded, upstairs.

          6. John says:

            Whereas you are retarded BOTH downstairs AND upstairs
            Indeed, everything you have written demonstrates a level of stupidity unprecedented in the history of humankind – that is, of course, if it is correct to consider you as being a human?
            Your ludicrous belief in things that do not exist and which do not go bump in the night is silly.
            Children grow out of these infantile beliefs. You – clearly – have failed to grow up.
            Perhaps that is why your linguistic expressions are so retarded?

  26. John says:

    Someone has said that Chief Dambe should be arrested and held until such time as the perpetrators of this appalling crime come forward and accept their punishment.
    It is truly disgraceful and cowardly to target vulnerable children and elderly people with accusations of witchcraft just because they can not make an economic contribution or defend themselves physically.
    The abuse of power against these vulnerable individuals is something that must be rejected by all decent and right minded individuals.
    These criminal acts soil the good name of Malawi all round the world.

  27. Grace says:

    JESUS SON OF DAVID HAVE MERCY UPON US! Those responsible tell the people the truth becoz if they don’t repent for killing those innocent souls they will end up in hell. Malawians let us wake up becoz the devil is at work. Love covers a lot of things but if we don’t love each other these are the results.

    1. John says:

      There is no historical evidence that any Jesus character ever existed.
      While love for your fellow-human beings is a worthwhile emotion, reliance on religion is a complete waste of time.
      To deter these kinds of criminal acts will require the police to apprehend and prosecute the criminals involved in these horrific murders.

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