Neno elders live in fear: Masterminds of Malawi witchracft murders issue threats

Elders in Chimbalanga village in chief Dambe’s area in Neno are said to be living in fear as those suspected to have killed four elders on Monday in the village continue to issue threats to alleged witches.

Neno grieving after mob killed for elderly on accusation of witchcraft

Neno grieving after mob killed for elderly on accusation of witchcraft

Village head Chimbalanga told a local radio that even himself is living in fear because of his advanced age.

“These people are issuing threats to all elderly people here. The elderly can no longer get out of their houses in fear of getting killed. If I were not village head, I would have left the village,” Chimbalanga said.

He said it was sad that village elders are now captives in their own land because they are now a target of an irate villagers who suspect them to be witches.

The tension in the village follows the beating to death of four elders on Tuesday, Eliza Kanjete, 86, Ayelinifa Kanjete, 76, Byson Kanjete 73 and Idesi Kanjete, 69 who were accused of killing 17 year old Flora Kanjete through witchcraft.

Apparently, the girl died after she was struck by lightning while arranging buckets on a relative’s veranda to collect rain water, according to Neno Police Spokesperson Raphel Kaliati.

The  radio reporter said he had to be escorted in and out of the village, which was extraordinarily quiet on Wednesday except a few men in groups talking in low voices.

Police say they have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the murders and President Peter Mutharika has since ordered the inspector general of police to speed up the investigations in order to take to book the suspected murders.

In Dedza, police are looking for four men suspected to have brutally killed their 70-year-old grandfather on suspicion that he was practicing witchcraft.

The deceased, Limion Julius of Mpango Village, Traditional Authority Kasumbu in the district, was accused of bewitching someone in the village who died at Dedza District Hospital after a short illness.

President Mutharika wants to people change their attitudes towards witchcraft and realise the value of elderly persons in society.

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14 thoughts on “Neno elders live in fear: Masterminds of Malawi witchracft murders issue threats”

  1. Ernest says:

    Zoti anthuwo anatumiza ndi bodza la nndene. Chiphaliwali chinabwera mwachilengedwe.

  2. Chimnkwende says:

    Bodza lokhalokha ili. Nobody can create a lightning to kill somebody. Where is the proof that those killed were practising witchcraft?

  3. Akumudzi says:

    The witchcraft practice really exist in our land. I was a victim myself whereby some family members (elders and youth alike) bewitched me and spent 4 months suffering, most of the times in a coma. My young brother took me to hospital and after spending some weeks I was discharged but still the situation was worsening. Then I was taken to a Sangoma where I was told that I was bewitched by some close relatives which he mentioned their names. I went back to the village and called those people who did it to me and asked for their forgiveness if I did something wrong to them. After some lengthy discussions they accepted it and told me why they wanted to eliminate me through witchcraft and they themselves cured the spell. They apologised for taking a wrong decision towards me and we live together happily since then. This occurred upon returning home after I spent almost a decade in diaspora. Now I visit them every year and we’re a happy family

  4. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    I wish the army could forthwith be deployed into this village and whip these brutes into line; otherwise these stories of elderly people being threatened, are a painful sting in the tail.
    Most of us live and never appreciate the value of freedom; until we lose it.
    . . . But people pay their lives as price for want of freedom (when heart-broken or cornered for crimes and other miseamenours).
    . . . The air that a prisoner breathes, becomes fresher the moment news of his/her release touches his/her ears; even without moving a foot to anywhere.

    Now to learn that others have their freedom taken away for being old hence suspected to be something else, is as saddening to the spirit as heavy-weighing to the heart hence as soul-robbing as mind-boggling, and ulimately annoying.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    While it is commendable that investigations are underway to apprehend the perpetrators, it’s dishertening to learn that, thus far; no one, not even a hair or fingernail of anybody has since been taken.

    The Golden Rule of Life: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Jesus Christ (Luke 6:31)

    If I were an eldery person in this village, I would wish to see soldiers’ boots even in my house or bedroom or toilet, for protection.
    Sadly, somebody in govt, is being patient with thinking, yet the situation is as urgent hence requiring a pactical quick hand, as the one stepping on a “rotten” brick, tripping and falling.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  5. Lord says:

    Kodi Thindwa uli kuti?

  6. Truck says:

    THAT IS A GOOD DECISION MR PRESIDENT BUT YOU MUST ALSO ARREST THOSE PEOPLE WHO KILLED ISSA NJAUJU AND BARRY HIM IN YOUR PRESIDENTAL VILLAS BUT YOU KEPT QUITE THAT MEANS YOU KNOW SOMETHING MURDER IS MURDER WHETHER IS DONE IN A VILLAGE OR IN YOUR VILLAS

  7. Nyakwawa says:

    Can someone who practices witch craft, if any, come in the open and tell us witch crafts exists or not. By they way, has Thindwa been wichcrafted yet?

  8. John says:

    All those suspected of involvement in the murder of any persons on trumped up charges of witchcraft should be immediately reported to the police, who should immediately take action against the murderers.
    Regrettably, it is the case that in a number of African countries that young children and elderly people are being hounded on trumped-up accusations of witchcraft and – in extreme cases – murdered. The reason for this behaviour is apparently the fact that during times of economic hardship it is easy for adults to pick on vulnerable individuals who cannot make a full economic contribution to family and village life.
    As a result, they falsely claim they are witches to drive them out of their own homes and – in extreme cases – to actually murder them in a bid to reduce their economic burden.
    These practices are inhuman and inhumane, and should be condemned by everyone.

  9. Issa Kabudula says:

    Send the Army to Nneno – arrest them all, the whole village, the Kamuzu way studpid small boys who did not go to school. Mfiti ndani adamuona, its African Science which need to be developed and sold to the western countries, but our realy witches are too dumb to come to the open regardless of the promise of million from one Humanistic man.

    How can we live without our elders, our president is an old man – is he a witch? A chair is an old man is he a witch? What is this in Malawi today – land of peace is now producing useless criminals?

    We must stop this before we lose our think tanks ( the elders).

  10. Choipa Chitsata Mwini says:

    Kodi zigawenga zapha azigogo anayizo, zilibe agogo kwawo? Nkulakwa kuganizira munthu ufiti usanatsimikidze.

    Ndipemphero langa kuti Mizimu yaophedwa mwauchifwamba ikautse mwa Mbuye pamene mizimu yaopha azigogo Mulungu achite nayo!!!!

    A Polisi chonde pangani monga Prezidenti wa Dziko wanenera.

  11. Zika Virus says:

    Primitive Neno people

  12. The wise from South says:

    There is no smoke without fire …..its time to set again tradition courts to solve matters relating to this issues in order to curb mob justice or else be the followers of George Thindwa saying there is no witchcraft yet in oxford dictionary it is defined…so people’s beliefs should be respected if not let the mob justice be a justice of order or address them both or say no witches or wizards in our society and let those believe in that craft executes craft justice to their suspects…

  13. Nabanda says:

    Ndili ndi zaka 27, koma ndingopempha Mulungu kuti ndisadzakalambe chifukwa kwathu kukadzafa munthu mudzanena kuti ndine mfiti. Ndiye ndikadzawona kuti ndikukalamba osafa ndidzangomwa tameck. Because it’s good to commit suicide than to be killed!!!!!!

  14. Khwekhwerere says:

    Umbuli ndi omwe wakula kwa asenanu. Don’t play with water when there are thundery rains. The TV was educating people on how to avoid lightning. Bvuto lakenso kwanuko TV ndi chimodzimodzi kugula ndege, simungakwanitse bt it was clearly announced that people should avoid kugwira madzi ngati ziphaliwali zikugwa. Mazenera anyumba akhale otseka koma inu mukupha ambuyanu coz of natural death. Muwasowatu azigogo amenewo apita ndi wisdom yawo. Ife pano tikulakalaka agogo we have never seen in our lives. Stupid idiots zinkani ku sukulu mwina umbuliwo nkuchoka.

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