Malawi police deputy IG warns against attacks on witchcraft suspects

Deputy Inspector General of Malawi Police Service, John Nyondo has warned communities in Chitipa that the law would not spare anyone found accusing or attacking elderly people over witchcraft allegations.

Deputy police IG Nyondo issues stern warning

He was speaking at an awareness campaign on safety in Chitipa on Saturday, aimed at raising awareness against violence towards vulnerable groups like children and the elderly.

Nyondo said it was against the law to accuse anyone of witchcraft and he condemned recent attacks on the elderly people in the district.

Our laws do not recognize witchcraft so I would like to warn all those who accuse others of witchcraft or who engage witchdoctors to identify witches in their communities that they will be punished accordingly by the law.

The Police is therefore urging all the communities and traditional leaders to jointly work together in order to protect the elderly against violent attacks on allegations of witchcraft,” Nyondo said.

Chitipa Police Spokesperson, Gladwell Simwaka said the recent attack on the elderly in thedistrict happened on January 11, 2020 when a 75 year old Filiness Mlenga was brutally murdered by a mob who accused her of practicing witchcraft.

District Commissioner for Chitipa, Humphrey Gondwe said he was concerned with the killings of people on allegations of witchcraft in the district and urged Chitipa residents to be law abiding citizens.

“Chitipa is not going in the right direction because killing someone is an offence, so my appeal is for the citizens to respect the law and I also urge civil society organizations and the Police to sensitize the community members against taking the law into their own hands,” he said.

The awareness campaign was spiced up by a football match between Super League side Blue Eagles FC and a Chitipa Select and it ended in a scoreless draw while versatile midfielder from Chitipa select, Lamson Lukali stole the show with a man of the match performance.

 

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Mr. Maliseche alephera kudyetsa ziphuphu ma judge
Mr. Maliseche alephera kudyetsa ziphuphu ma judge
7 months ago

He looks like a wizard. He’s trying to protect his own

Moya
Moya
7 months ago

Interparte hearing for a jail escapee? Just send this bastard to jail then all hearings can commence thereafter, selfish and greedy people like him dont deserve any leniency. Malawians are suffering due to these people, they take loans from malawi savings bank and declare them toxic and as if thats not enough they sell each the bank and now trying to steal the elections ? How far do u want to go with stealing national resources?

Nabetha
Nabetha
7 months ago

THE WHOLE COUNTRY REQUIRES YOUR OFFICE TO SPEAK UP, DEATHS OF ELDERLY MEN AND WOMEN HAS BEEN ON GOING ALMOST THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. PLEASE SIR ITS TIME FOR YOUR OFFICE TO BEGIN SHOUTING THAT MESSAGE TO THE WHOLE COUNTRY THROUGH RADIO AND TELEVISION PLUS RALLIES AND CAMPAIGNS…….ITS AS IF THERE IS NO POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE COUNTRY!!!! SILENCE OF THE GOOD PEOPLE IS SIMPLY AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE EVIL PEOPLE TO EXTEND THEIR GAME.

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