The Catholic church in Karonga has expressed worry over the high rate of murder cases and witchcraft in Karonga.
Martin Mtumbuka, bishop of Karonga diocese of the Catholic church said in just six months, the district has recorded nine murder cases.
He said some of the murder cases as a result of witchcraft accusations that resulted in violence and clashes.
In some cases, he said, the violence is due to land wrangles and chieftaincy problems, saying there was need to deal with the problems.
“These are matters of great concern,” said the Bishop.
Chief Kyungu accused corrupt police officers of fuelling the situations and some officials from the district commissioner whom he said worsen the situation too by their partisan activities.
The police and officials from the district commissioner’s office could not be reached for comment.
In one instance, a six month old baby and her mother were killed in violence that erupted after some people accused a family of keeping a crocodile which was used to kill other people through withcraft.
8ishop Mtumuka said the church is concerned because some of the people caught up in such violence are members of the catholic church.