Malawi police in Chikwawa district are keeping in custody two women for allegedly trespassing on a graveyard and attempted to exhume bones of a day-old baby to be used for charms.
Police arrested Maureen Francis,29 and 30 year-old Mercy Fonex both from Thobwa village,T/A Ngabu in the district.
The two, according to the law-enforcers, wanted to use the exhumed bones for a charm called Khuzumule.
Khuzumule is a charm that women use to keep their errant husbands in check. Apparently, under its effect, men stop cheating and find themselves spending more time with their partners.
National police Press and Public Relations Officer, Rhoda Manjolo told Nyasa Times the two were arrested after one of the villagers spotted them in the graveyard.
”On 18 November, 2015 at around 12am one of the villagers saw the suspects in the graveyard tampering with a tomb, and when they noticed that they have been seen, the suspects ran away,” explained Manjolo.
Manjolo added: ”The villager reported the matter to the village headman Thobwa who, together with some villagers, rushed to the said graveyard where they found a day-old baby’s tomb tampered with”.
Fonex and Francis revealed to the law-enforcers during interrogation that they wanted to use the bones for khuzumule.
The two are expected to be charged with Trespassing and Tampering in the Graveyard under Section 189 and 129 of the Penal Code.