Malawi human rights campaigners, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has condemned the Nsanje District’s gang which burned seven men to death for allegedly possessing human bones intended for use in witchcraft.
The incensed mob attacked the suspects then set them on fire using petrol.
CHRR executive director Timothy Mtambo said the torching is unacceptable and criminal for citizens to take the law into their own hands.
“The right to life is non-derogable,” said Mtambo, appealing to Malawians to report people suspected to be in conflict with the law to the police and traditional leaders.
“We should love one another. Citizens are employers of governments and if they feel that the police are not doing their job well then they should demand for better services, procedures in such cases must be followed,” said CHRR boss
Nsanje police officer Kirby Kaunga said law enforcers are still “investigating the matter.”
Villagers say the men were in possession of human bones.
He said the six are Hamadi Haru, 30, from Khembo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbenje in Nsanje; Obedi Walani Alfazema, 30, Chimwoza Village, T/A Ngabu in C h i k w a w a ; Fr i d a y Fransisco, 30, Sijini Village, T/A Mbenje; Dumingo Aniva, 30, Ndenguma Village, T/A Malemia in Nsanje; Chinamulungu Dingala, Dumba Village, T/A Tengani in Nsanje and Phillip William, 34, Mphanda Village, T/A Ngabu.