Granny, son die under suspicious circumstances in Zomba

Police in Zomba are intensifying their investigations into circumstances that have led to the death of a woman and her grandson who were found dead with their necks broken at an area popularly known as Three Miles on Friday December 9.

Spokesperson for of eastern region police head quarters, Assistant Superintendent Nicholas Gondwa says the woman Mrs Jamila Yabu (61) was found dead in a maize field 30 meters away from her house with her neck broken, with her hand holding a cooking stick (mthiko) which was marked with a red cross.

While her grandson Bondani Kumbani (10) was found dead while seated in a winnower or lichelo in a store room of their house.

“The boy had carried the broom in his hand but his neck was also broken,” said Gondwa.

He said the remains of the two who hail from Makanjira village T/A Chikowi Zomba were taken to Zomba Central Hospital mortuary.

The police spokesperson said that no one has been arrested in connection with the incident but some residents told Nyasa Times that they strongly suspect that the deaths are linked to acts of witchcraft.

In another development, a 33-year-old mother was found dead alongside her six months old baby boy in her house in Chibavi, a residential location in Mzuzu city.

Mzuzu Police Publicist Sergeant Edward Longwe aid the deceased Mclena Zimba had a shop tading  under the name Mama Mapopa at Chibavi , but her cause of death is yet to be revealed after post-mortem.

Neibhours however speculated that she had taken poison and also given it to her kid.


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