Two men who torched ‘witches’ houses in Chitipa jailed for 32 years

The Chitipa Magistrate Court has  sentenced two men Moses Msukwa, 20, and Flackson Masebo, 19, to 32 years imprisonment with hard labour each for torching four houses whose owners they suspected are witches.

According to prosecutor Blackson Sichali the two torched the houses of Esther Mushani and Mayinala Mwenechanya and two others – both in the age bracket of between 65 and 70 – in December last year.

Sichali added that property worth over half a million kwacha was lost in the inferno.

In his judgment, senior resident magistrate Julius Kalambo fervently condemned the behavior of the two before sentencing them to 32 year jail terms each on all the four counts for which they were found guilty.

“The punishment has been given to act as a lesson to would be offenders,” said Kalambo.

Both Msukwa and Masebo hail from Mwandima Village, Traditional Authority Mwenemisuku in Chitipa district.

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How do you prove that someone is a witch ? How does the accused person deny or accept these allegations ? Through which evidence can witchcraft be proven ? So you see Malawians it is stupid.

John M

Why they burnt witches houses? That means they killed someone, oh I see, mfiti ndi inu akumipando! Coz Jb said ufiti kulibe, akazapha wanga ndizamupha pompo!!!!!!!!


Hehedeeeee kma pa malawi inu……..basi muli duuu kupanga promote ufiti,I wish ndidakakhala mmodzi mwa afit kut ndiloze amupandomu.

Tunthumbwana tambewa

Anawotchera kumodzi ndimwini wake adangowotcha nyumba? Kapena nyanga zidapsazo nzodula zedi hence 32yrs. Thu phwe!

vyamuvisulo nthengwa

these men young men are betteroff to be called freedom fighters than nyapapi, having torched those houses i believe pple can afford a sleep now in the village, mudzatuluka mafana dont worry!


This magistrate his permit should be taken a way he doen’t know know his work he got money from Mr. Thindwa from his project financed by Norwagin embassy in Lilongwe. I saw Mr. Thindwa many times to going to the embassy. ACB should investigate this magistrate in Chitipa he got much money from Mr. Thindwa to panish those young men. This case is a minor. I will support those young men to make an appeal I will visit them soon. This is shupit.

Muloshi No. One

Let them face the chop. Stupid!


ufiti kulibe and zilibe umboni…munjatidwa simunati…fokofu

Mashino amingi

Magistrate Kalambo, Zikomo kwa mbiri. Kuotcha nyumba ya munthu ku mudzi nchimodzimodzi ndi kupha. Wabomba ngani bafimyande. abana bakomakite bamu bamanyilepo. CONGRATULATIONS. Some of you bull heads are comparing MK500000 ndi ma billion Kwacha a Cashgate, ndikukutsimikirani kut the former is more valuable than than the latter, if uc what ic

Winford kayange

How comes 32 yrs in hail for property worthy half m yet for witches but cashgates stolen billions of kwacha just 3yrs, 7yrs or less than 14 yrs. Ufiti ulipo or kalero nthawi ya Moses anthu ataona kuti moses wasandusa ndodo kukhala njoka there were also magician who created their own snakes but were weak compared to moses’s snake as it was from GOD’S power Malawian judges r too corrupt hence leads to injustice.

Micky chimkoka

Ufiti ulipo even mbuku loyera anakambaposo. Nde muyeso umene muyesa anzanu nanuso mudzayesedwa

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