Malawian woman torched to ashes on witchcraft claims


An angry mob in Phalombe district has killed a woman by throwing her into fire on suspicion that she had a hand in the death of a 28 year-old man.

Phalombe Police public relations officer, Augustus Nkhwazi, identified the woman as 28 year-old Ides Malikebu and the man as Overton poison, also 28.   

“The first deceased (Poison) is said to have gone missing from home on 1st December, 2015 and believed to have been in love affair with the second deceased (Malikebu),” said Nkhwazi.

According to Nkhwazi, Poison met with another man who was also in a relationship with Malikebu only to be found dead three days later and in a decomposed state behind her house in Maliro village on Thursday.

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On fire (Google images).

This did not go down well with relatives of Poison who grabbed Idesi Malikebu, demolished her house, set it on fire, threw her into the burning furnace and watched her struggle to death.

When police officers arrived at the scene of the incident, they found Malikebu burning to ashes while the body of Poison lay just behind the burning house, half buried in the soil but in a decomposed state.

“The other man who is only known as Mankhanamba vanished to an undisclosed destination,” said Nkhwazi.

The police then established that Malikebu was on a high court bail for the offence of murder which occurred in the year 2012.

Malikebu hailed from Maliro village, Traditional Authority Jenala in Phalombe while Poison hailed from Mwango village, T/A Jenala in the same district.

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