Mchinji again! Another woman murdered: Belief in witchcraft runs deep in Malawi

As Malawi is still remembering a teen girl who was brutally murdered by her cousin and had her private parts removed in Mchinji, police in the central region border district with Zambia are now hunting for Gift Mayibegi suspected of killing his fiancé on the night of Sunday the 3rd May 2015.

Kajawa Nyirenda- Suspsect is at large

Kajawa Nyirenda- Suspsect is at large

Mchinji police spokesman Moses Kajawa Nyirenda said Mayibegi is alleged to have murdered his fiancée Patricia Chirwa at Kaigwazanga village in the area of senior chief Mkanda in Mchinji district.

Chirwa was killed and dumped in the bush where she was discovered by members of the community who reported to police.

Clinician Kalipinde of Mchinji District Hospital conducted a post-mortem and reported that Chirwa died because of severe head injuries as she was beaten with a hard wood.

The suspect is at large.

Malawi Minister of Gender, Children and Social welfare Patricia Kaliati has since deplored acts of brutally murdering people to extract genitals for rituals.

Kaliati made the remarks on Tuesday when she visited the family of Janet Chitedze who was brutally murdered Selemani Medson aged 21. The suspect was arrested between Namitete and Mchinji boma on Friday the 1st May 2015.

“Government is concerned with criminal activities occurring in the district, and we are working with the police to ensure that there is security in the district,” she said.

Kaliati who also visited a victim of domestic violence Linda Phulani, who was severely beaten by her husband in the same district on Friday last week, said it is appalling that Mchinji is in the news for the wrong reasons.

“Where is humanity? How can a man murder his own cousin and remove her private parts just because he wants to get rich? If you want to get rich work hard and venture into farming,” said a visibly concerned Kaliati.

She also condemned men who abuse their wives, saying men should take care of their families,

Senior Chief Mkanda also condemned the brutal murder.

Meanwhile, the Magistrate court in Mchinji on Monday the 4th of May 2015 sent Selemani Medsoni on remand at Maula Prison and committed his murder case to High Court.

Medsoni says he was persuaded by a witchdoctor to remove genital of the deceased to be used for rituals to make him get rich quick.

Belief in witchcraft and traditional medicine run deep in this former British colonial nation, largely dominated by Christians.

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47 thoughts on “Mchinji again! Another woman murdered: Belief in witchcraft runs deep in Malawi”

  1. danny p says:

    y nchinji bt y nchinji? wen we read the bible god says we must love our nearbour not kill them watchout this measure its gonna cme back n hunt u dont fil d pain devils god wll punish you 4real

  2. Twanna says:

    Oooooooo God bwelani muzaweluze dziko lapansi ladzadza ndi machimo

  3. MARGARET KATHYOLE says:

    What Is Lacking Is Love Among Us.We Must Learn How To Love Each Other.Why Kiling ?Why Mchinji?God Is Love.Pray That God Should Change Our Mind And Renew It.Oops!

  4. mark dambalika says:

    I gather mchinji should be the exact place where Satan fell upon being dislodged from heaven by God.

  5. marika says:

    I think justice should be done on those people who are killing women and girls. I think for every human being to come into this world it is because of a woman. Why is the target on women and girls only? I think Goverment should take serious measures on this mode of act.

  6. KNOLLYS.NTHAKOMWA says:

    mchitidwe umeneu ndiwosafunika kungophana GOD has create us on his on creation with areason.Even those witchDoctor why dont they become rich be apology to GOD.

  7. wiseman says:

    Tiyeni tingopeza njila yothetsela nchitidwewu mmalo momalozana zala,tiliyike mmapemphelo dzikoli,kuti zintchito zakumudimazi,zitimasule mmdziko lathuli.Winawe ukunena za boko halaam,zikusiyana pati ndizomwe zikuchitikazi pakuti boko halaam ukuyinenayo,kupha anthu osalakwa its their everyday bread?think b4 you talk.

  8. George M says:

    Something is wrong with him. At 21, doing such act, the witchdoctor should also be apprehended.

  9. concerned Malawian says:

    Arrest all the asing’angas now and this problem will be over. The police should be empowered to make these witch doctors “disappear” or to conduct extrajudicial killings of these evil satanic people. In Kenya, the police has been conducting thousands of extrajudicial killings of Muslims (even innocent ones) JUST IN CASE they could be al shabab. you can read this here:

    america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/8/kenyan-counter-terrorismpoliceconfesstoextrajudicialkillings.html

    We can do the same on the asing’angas. They are the ones causing us problems. Eliminate anyone of them JUST N CASE they are encouraging magic. If they are eliminated, you will no longer hear of albino killings or these barbaric murders. Of course unfortunately in the Kenyan scenario some bereaved Muslims join al shabab and murder innocent people to avenge their innocent relatives who were killed by police. But here we shouldn’t be worried, the ng’angas have no guns. So let’s eliminate them all. In this way those who wanna get rich via magic will have nowhere to go.

  10. mtumbuka says:

    atakhala atumbuka bwenzi atukwanidwa koma ali pa khate khosweyo lero

  11. majonanga says:

    Chitetezo mulibe and amalawife ndife athu ofowoka zithu zikamalakwika ndimangoyan’gana.komaso choti muziwe boma limanama kuti ndi juju kumanamizira asin’ganga,ilo ndi boza palibe makhwala ofuna maliseche amuthu.pali zimene amapangira scientifically

  12. Chilombo says:

    Atolankhani kwakuphwekerani ndiku mchinji basi mwationjezatu maboma onsewa bwa

  13. come and join Bokho Haram here than killing your own sisters or loved ones crazy pple

  14. zanimuone says:

    imeneyi ndi mphamvu ya demoni kezera mu chamba. Tinamva kuti ana a sukulu akubvutitsa chifukwa cha chamba. panopa demoni mu chamba momwemo walowela kophana. Lord Jesus please intervine so that Satan should not take charge of our beautiful country.

  15. Danibelo banda says:

    Ndizimene amakonda azathu aku ujeni awa.Chuma chamagazi ndi quota.Akati sukulu ndi mpongozi.Basi chonchobe mimba ndi mchipala.

  16. mlekeni says:

    Amenewo ndi Angoni. Nkhanza zobadwa nazo. Asiyeni athane. Utsiru basi.

  17. big dick says:

    Osatchula msilamu bwanji ukuopa chani

  18. HAPPY NYIRENDA says:

    Kuchosa maliseche amulongo wako ndiye kuti wagonana naye,usilu wanji umenewu za chamba basi.

  19. wiseman says:

    Nzovetsa chisoni ndithu kuti ngati izi zikuchitika mowilikiza.komanso nanu atolankhani mnsamaonjezelanso nso ngati kuti aliyense ali kumalawi amakonda juju,headline yanuyo ine sinandisangalatse,bwanji osango boma la nchinji,muli athakati?tamalembani ngati munakamwela ink ntchoto yanuyo,chithunzi mwayika munkhaniyi,chikukhala ngati kuti iyeyu ndi emwe sakupezeka pakanali pano.

  20. Amalawi mukaona sing’anga akukupatsani chizimba chovuta mongodziwa kuti ndi kuti ndi wafeki mutayeni.

  21. shaaaa! says:

    DOES JUJU EXISIT?

  22. chatonda says:

    Anzathu aku Mchinji, what is happening now? Let us pray for Mchinji.

  23. ajijooo says:

    Apa nde zaonjeza tsopano ndichani tikuchita a mw?satana ali pakati pathu eish zoopsa izi

  24. chejali says:

    Aphedwenso fisi amenneyyooooo

  25. Shephson says:

    Shame, ziko likuka kuti.

  26. kadamanja says:

    I dont know, this government of Dpp is doing nothing, is it because the government is reviewing the Death penalty? Zowona kuphana chonchi! We need this government to act not zongopita kukawona anamfedwa yiyayi.

    1. Why is this happening in Mchinji consecutively,does it mean that ku Mchinji ndi kumene kuli malonda a ziwalo za anthu or is it becoz its aborder district?Government please assist the people of Mchinji.Jesus Christ is coming very soon take care you people who are doing this.

  27. Murray says:

    Brethren, what kind of wealth is this that you have to kill first? The people being killed hv a right to enjoy life as well.

    Lord save us from this calamity.

  28. Chenda says:

    This is all sad news.

  29. Zaya ku nkhongo says:

    Koma ziliko.

  30. Nkhedu says:

    Mchinji yalowa m’malo mwa balaka.Kaphanani makape inu

  31. Otanjere says:

    Kodi iyi nde mukuti satanic yi? Kapena izi ndi zinanso?

  32. Mmasomwambuyanu says:

    I think people from Mchinji should be intermarrying with people from Balaka only – zigawenga/zokhwima zokhazokha zizikwatirana

  33. Zanga Phee! says:

    To clear out this mess deal with the traditional doctor with stiff punishment others will emulate from him please judges handle this seriously.See my name.

  34. Emmatuwa says:

    ufiti ulipo chifukwa chiani Boma limakana kuti afiti kulibe taonani anthu akutha ku Mchinji ndi ufiti. Aboma mukazikitse lamulo kuti afiti nawonso aziyimbidwa mulandu pa khothi

  35. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

    The last sentence in this article is deplorable to say the least from a journalist who is expected to be objective. It is not cited from any source but from the writer’s mind as if it’s an opinionated piece.

  36. Makanja congress party(MCP) says:

    kodi asing’anga ali ku mchinji kokha? DEMETI MCHINJI

  37. James Phiri says:

    Omg

  38. Nawalya says:

    Treat them with severe punishment, suggestion, if it is men castrates them ,women u will know with their crito.

  39. Eeeeeish mchinji @ it again????;(

  40. angoni says:

    Mchonji. Kasingu. Mima and karonga. Balaka. Kumakondana

  41. Tiko says:

    Bad and bad. Those who believe in witchcraft are worse than those who practice it. My country I cry for you. No wonder the western world still take us for brutes.

  42. Verg says:

    Boma likufunika mapemphero mwina u Bokoharam ungacheko kumeneku!

  43. The same witchdoctor cheating ignorant people.

  44. kanyika dk says:

    GOD help malawi

  45. Garu Wa Garu says:

    It was Balaka now Mchinji. Three times in a role. God have mercy.

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