Zomba granny kills herself over witchcraft accusations

Malawi Police have confirmed the death of a 69 year old granny who has committed suicide in the Eastern Region District of Zomba following accusations that she bewitched one of her relatives who died last month.

Eastern Region Police Spokesperson Inspector Joseph Sauka identified the deceased as Abiti Odala.

According to Sauka, the deceased was staying with her relatives and last month, one of her relatives fell ill and suddenly died.

“His death brought misery to the granny as she was accused of being behind the death; and this did not please her and she just thought of terminating her life and on the night of 20th September, 2018, the deceased consumed poisonous tablets [sulphur tablets] which are used to treat maize and was found dead the following morning” said Sauka.

Postmortem conducted at Chingale Health Centre revealed that death was due to anxiety secondary to poisonous substances.

The deceased hailed from Katuli Village in the Area of Traditional Authority Mlumbe in the same district of Zomba.

Meanwhile, Sauka has reminded the general public that it is an offence to accuse someone of being a witch.

Belief in witchcraft runs deep in Malawi, where curses and spells are blamed for everything from unexplained deaths to the spread of HIV/Aids to irregular rainfall.

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Moto Wambiri
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Moto Wambiri

When people are powerless and poverty-stricken, they seek alternative structures and strategies. Such structures and strategies exist in witch-finding and witchcraft.

Tulo
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Tulo

There is no such thing as witchcraft , but people, even some educated people believe that it exist.

Joovido
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Joovido

Government should do something. Let’s protect the elderly. RIP

NSANJE
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NSANJE

Recently I was in Karonga.I learnt that seven families have their houses burnt down and lost all their belongings.I asked myself when I saw one lady at the court seeking justice on her own without any organization to show unity in flashing out this type of behaviours,She is old woman without husband, She was nearly burnt when the mob that alleged her a watch attacked her while asleep.The police are doing nothing.Human rights are not even helping her,

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