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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :