Not guilty! Pleads Malawi ‘witchcraft’ killers

The 10 people arrested in Neno on Wednesday and charged with murder in connection to the murder of four elderly people at Chimbalamnga village in Traditional Authority Dambe in the district have pleaded not guilty.

Neno mourns the victims of jungle justice
Neno mourns the victims of jungle justice

The suspects appeared before Neno Second Grade Magistrate Court.

Staford Chifundo, aged 36, Amosi Sida, 32, Samuel Kaudzu, 20, John Harry, 21, Lex Mayenda, 19, Manford Dyson, 15, Patrick Kanjete, 14, Lyton Silence, 15, Ben Saukila, 14 and Eliya Mapeto aged 13 all entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murder contrary to section 209 of the Penal Code.

The court remanded them and Magistrate Daniel Dzowela said they will be sent to various prisons according to their ages.

Neno Police Spokesperson Raphael Kaliati said they arrested the 10 suspects following  the information they got from one credible witness to the killings who was hospitalized at Neno hospital after being beaten severely during the mob as he tried to rescue the deceased from the mob.

Four elderly people were on Monday killed in cold blood by an irate mob that suspected that the four deceased practiced witchcraft and were behind the death of their granddaughter who was struck by lightning.

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Nyangwita
Nyangwita
4 years ago

Unfortunately 90% of Malawians ndi mbuli. Therefore nkhanizi sizingathe. The Govt must work with Thindwa to civic-educate people

Dpp_supprter
Dpp_supprter
4 years ago

This should only happen to gays isn’t that the case? So that they are extinguished.

gangamfuno
gangamfuno
4 years ago

Kwao kwatha tione zina kumeneko ndi choncho mfiti zife kumene

chifundo
chifundo
4 years ago

due to facts and stats..old people are highly likely to be imporverish..lonely…ill…isolated…sight and hearing impared…mentally incapable of arguing their point…may also claim and act in a way that is open to interpretation..old people will have generaly similar characteristic indluding the fact that face are withered. .love them take care of them thwyve so much love ..history and they are honest as they have lived thiers and we are heading their too..one day we will be one of them with similar characteristics.remeber they were also babies. just because theyre challenged ie. academically too doesnt make thwm inferior or skeptical or territorial.… Read more »

chifundo
chifundo
4 years ago

COZ SOMEONE HAS COMMENTED ” “LET US FOLLOW SHARIA”..I WANT TO POUR DOWN WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE TRUTH.MALAWIANS WE ARE VICTIMS OF INFERIORITY FEELINGS MAINLY BECAUSE OF HISTORY, WE REALLY NEED TO USE OUR BRAINS TO LOGIC THERE IS GOD THAT IS TRUE..DONT WORRY ABOUT RELIGION ATALL.ANY BELIEF WHICH IS UNPROOVED SHOULD BE DUMPED COZ THIS ISNT PRIMITIVE MALAWI ANYWAY WHICH THE Arabs, the EUROPEANS, explorers..traders. ..religion people found. we have Internet and an endless source of info and a stimulated brain open to debate.we cant live in darkness ..Withcraft is just a myth it is juat a claim… Read more »

Kelieland
4 years ago

e murder suspects do not take pleas in the magistrate courts rather only powers to full remanded and committed to High court.

Afiya Gama
4 years ago

Muphelanji mkhalamba poti masiku ano
ufiti uli mwa ana. Alangenidi amenewo

clitton
clitton
4 years ago

Ufiti uliko angakhale some ministers and other senior govt officials practice it in one way or the other.

Wadza
4 years ago

Màlawi kuledzera too much. Fufuzani mupeza kuti anthu apha azigogowa nd I kachasu nd I nkalabongo. No self control. Manga mukaloleza chamba n diye z itha bwa..

FAO MKAFA NSIYANJI
FAO MKAFA NSIYANJI
4 years ago
Reply to  Wadza

UFITI ULIPO, ITS PART & PARCEL OF OUR CULTURE THOUGH NOT TORELATED.

Solomon mauluka
4 years ago

Let God alone judge its bad to practise witchcraft and mob justice

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