Mysterious snake wreaks havoc in Rumphi: Two killed

A mysterious snake is wreaking havoc at Tchalo in Rumphi district and two people including a primary school head teacher have since died after being beaten by the snake.

The head teacher Sandress Thindwa met his fate when reporting for duties after being promoted to head Boto primary school.

A 13 year old girl, pupil at Mzuwu community primary school also died after being beaten by the snake.

Another lady Eunice Mkandawire survived the snake’s bite after she was rushed to a traditional doctor who administered a local herb to her.

Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Chapinduka confirmed the development in an interview with Nyasa Times on Friday.snake

Chapinduka said the mysterious snake first appeared in December and stays at a place called Mapaka between Old Salawe and Mzuwu.

The chief said a total of 15 villages from Mzuwu area have been affected as they cannot go to Tchalo health center to access medical services.

”People are struggling to access medical care because for them to go to Tchalo Health center they have to go past the place where the snake is,” said STA Chapinduka.

He said the snake is believed to be an act of witchcraft where the owner wanted to get rich using the snake.

The chief said they have been to various traditional doctors who have seen the snake is an act of magic gone bad.

”It seems somebody wanted to be rich and he missed his concoctions. We have been told who owns this snake and as chiefs we are urging him to take his snake away,” said STA Chapiduka.

The chief said the matter was reported to Rumphi district council who promised to send game rangers to kill the snake, but nothing has materialized.

A medical officer at Tchalo health who sought for anonymity confirmed that people were not accessing medical care at the clinic due to fear of being beaten by the snake.

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