‘Sharia law’: Malawian woman stoned to death over witchcraft claims

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Just like St Stephen in the Bible, a 73 year-old woman has been stoned to death after being suspected to have bewitched her granddaughter.

The deceased, Esmie Andrew, is reported to have been stoned to death by an angry mob who suspected the woman of killing her granddaughter Nyamazao Mlangali.

Confirming to Malawi24, Blantyre Police Assistant spokesperson Andrew Mayawo said the deceased’s husband reported the matter to police.

“Actually the husband Mulanje Khanawe aged 76 reported that the wife was stoned to death after people suspected her to be a witch,” said Mayawo.

He added that the police rushed to the scene and arrested five people suspected to have had a hand in the murder.

Mayawo further condemned the killing arguing that suspecting someone to be a witch is unlawful in Malawi.

Postmortem at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) revealed that the woman died due to severe head injuries. Esmie hailed from Mbala village, Tradition Authority (TA) Somba in Blantyre.

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  1. A Malawi 24 tamakhalani ngati munapita ku school,ngati simukudziwa za sharia law musawamanamize anthu.Online news paper kumalembanso zabodza.Anthu amatengatu zabodzazo kuika mmutu mwawo.Nanunso musakhale ngati angerezi olimbikira zabodza.Sharia law si mob justice yomwe athu amapangayo ayi.Dont be online confusionists.

  2. We malawians we have the habit of accusing grandparents are witches, because they have reached the goal_90 yrs. As said at psalm 90 .we youths cut ourselves with works of the fresh . Galatians 5*19***21

  3. Mmmmmmm why they judge some one macimo pamene lwoso ali ndi machimoso why kodi munthu akakalamba ndi mfiti dziwa kuti lweyo ukupitaso kokalamba cilango chake ndicomwecho its not fair

  4. Who told this story? Amene apeleka lamulo limeneli amangidwa chifukwa ndingaza zimenezo kwa anthu amene akalamba ufuti zumukudziwa kuti uli kwa ana omwewa plz god came to this people and tall true of chariya law how come

  5. Pa anthu omwe angwila nawo nchito yomupha gogoyo akanafusidwa kuti alipo mwainu sanachimwepo ayambe kungenda munthuyu akanapezeka? Kuweluza ndi kwa yehova

  6. haibo you guys! you don’t know what’s sharia law and how it’s applied.first of all it doesn’t say stone someone because of witchcraft,secondly you can’t suspect without proof,thirdly sharia law is only for countries where is 100% sharia not 50/50 or when your mind fits in.

  7. being a witch or not being a witch,i believe noone should have done that.nowonder why most folks are poor in that country…their brains are the size of a peanut..bloody fools

  8. I think you people at nyasa times have alot to learn than you think.in the first place,telling people about sharia law,makes simple and tactical element that directs semblance to what a particular group of people practice.sharia is practiced by muslims residing in atotaly islamic country,which has set,sharia,God given law,as their supreme law,not i a christian dorminated circular democracy like malawi!!!
    secondly,linking a babaric act like that,killing someone mercilessly ,to a religious or grouping makes you alieghnating that group’s morals to nothing other than babarism or or unhumane grouping.in short,you have categorised muslims and islam as a faith or religion that permits or tolerates mob justice.you see,a pen,or text,in whatever form it maybe,one word wrongly used can destroy or damage the reputation of a well and long established intitution.
    you really need to retract this article or resubmit it with a properly designed tetle.which insensitive editor published this item?

  9. Thats what we are good at nothing. We rush into conclusions without real evidence. Look People, we have very very crucial issues in our hands .If we can react the very same thing on our goverment the way it run things, so much would have been anticipated but we waste our time on stupid things that matter less in our life.

  10. Zikuonjeza zaufiti tango ganizani inetu munthu wina 2times akundiuza kuti amandiloza eg kundigwetsa panjinga 5times -kundikomokesa at Bank ,open kubwela kuzandiuza pakhomo and saying sandisiya koma opanda chomulakwila .Yes God is great do not judge them pansi pompano ena akupasidwa jehena

  11. mukuti ndishaliya amalawi24 ndindani anakuwuzani kuti yimeneyi ndishaliya mukunkhala ngati simunapite kusukulu bwanji? fusani ena odziwa akuwuzeni

  12. You want or not witchcraft is killing people, and old people are the best actors although some people who has never met this act take them innocent but they are deadly for reasons or not, l lost my uncle, my mother. mukazalozedwa mpamene muzavomereze mumayenda m’mbali akazakuikani cholasa.

  13. Gentlemen, lets not argue as if takulira ku UK; are you saying the community is damn foolish for stonning the woman solely by implicating her due to old age? Or may b she was stonned due to prejudice towards the old aged guyz? If so; why is it that out of all grannys and granddads who are in that community, its her alone? Why not her commrades too?(i believe there are still some living in that community). Anganga awa tiunikepo, kkkkk. Am not buying the idea of stonning witches and wizards bt rather we should find better and physiacal harm-free approach to such issues. But dubbing malawians; ‘the stone aged pipo, uneducated, feeble-handed, etc’ i think its rudeness and ignorance too coz if u r buying the concept of the English, then we couldnt hav klnown the word ‘witchcraft’ had it been it doesnt exisist in their cocci. Mind you; in ago centuries, magic was being perfomed live in public bulidings in an English land. Its only in these recent years where by they involving tricks instead of real magic(the likes of Diamond, the trick master). Witchcraft is real, whether in Africa or whites’ land. Its only that is mostly practiced in outskirts. Magic was like culture by then. So because zachikhalidwe zinatsalira mwa akulu(just like Ingoma, Mganda) thats why anthu akalewo ndi amene akugwidwa ndi ufiti. Sikuwanamiziranso ayi, kkkk.

  14. Musalowetse malamulo opusa my dziko lathu la Malawi coz izi zikubwela chifukwa cha asilamu amene adzadza kumeneko so malamulo anuwo ndi awuchitsilu sitikuzifuna ife zimenezo muwone nazo kolowela

  15. Kkkkkkkkkkk nde afiti amapha kuposaso Aids iyaaa ngati analidi mfiti aziona kkkk it means she was well known with witchcraft up to reach the extent of stonning her to death, the Govt must pass the Bill so that the suspected must be arrested instead of stonning them to death, burnning to death, panga to death etc, i salute witches, they r killers

    • No ladies, even if it were ma biological mother; bt wit that tenderncy, she better go. For th community to reach h extent of stoning ha to death, there must something. I believe sizinangoyambira pa granddaughter, she has killing. Mind u, witchcraft z real only that the thing lacks physical proofs. Am not a pro-stonning guy but rather i was just saying; chinthu chomwe chikuchita zoipa has to b critisized without bias. Thus whether its ya mom, dad, uncle blah blah. All in all, the community hasnt done a gud thing.

    • Even can be my relatives if he/she is a witch is better to go coz they r killers, if u defend them amayamba kukulozaso iwe mwina ana ako such people deserved stonned to death ndindani anawaphunzitsa kuti azisakaniza mitengo ndikuphera aziona ena anawaotchera mnyumba ku karonga uku aziona

    • Afiti ndi anthu oipa oipa amathaso kupha mwana wawo oti amawathandiza yemwe zitsiru zapa Dziko ndipo ambiri amagendedwaso ndi azibale awo akanyanyala ndi mchitidwe wawou

  16. Aliyense yemwe anatenganawo gawo pokupha masten wa. Akuyenera kumangidwa life in prison. Mulandu okhuza ufitingovuta kupereka umboni bcoz munthu wa normal sungadziwe kuti uyu ndi mfiti. Pokhapa s beyond guys. Anthu amenewa afufuzidwe ndipo mulandu okupha akawasegulire.

  17. Malawi 24, sharia Law ndiye kuti chani? Vuto lokuba language ya maiko ena ndi limenelo. Mistake imakhalapo heavy, tangoonani kuti ms Judge alipo angati pa article-yi. Kenanako muzalembapo Tshivenda apa, chifukwa mau ena amafanana ndi chichewa. Ngati simukudxiwa tanthauzo la liu, muzifunsa anzanu kapena kungosiya osalembapo kanthu. Musamakhale ngati madolo apa.

  18. zayambika liti zoti ochimwa aphedwe,, kodi alipo amene sanachimwepo apa, atola mwala angende tione, osamangodziwa kuweluza azanu pamene inuyo muliso ochimwa, kuweluza mkwanamalenga!!

  19. malawi24 adim plz wake up,,,’sharia’ in arab region means law in english or ‘lamulo’ in chichewa,,,,its jst totology to say sharia law,,ask the so called ”arabs” in fact u mean ‘mob jastice’ not sharia,,,mudaphuzra ya muluzi?

  20. Our generation wil never reach 60yrs, becoz we believe that any old person is a witch. What evidence do u have? N’anga ndimunthu wamba. He is not part of commision of oath. Anthu mukumwalira ndi Edzi then acuse old pple. Kodi umbuli udzata liti aMALAWI. Ok ngati anali fiti bwanji osapanga mankhwala kuti amene alodza afe.

  21. Bible says vengeance is not ours but God’s…woe to everyone involved in that particular mob justice.If it is God who gives life,let Himself claim it in His own time…who are us to send our fellow human beings to early graves?

    • Exodus 22:18-20Contemporary English Version (CEV)

      18 Death is the punishment for witchcraft.

      19 Death is the punishment for having sex with an animal.

      20 Death is the punishment for offering sacrifices to any god except me.

    • The law wanted to persecute the woman caught in the act of alduterly,but grace said go & sin no more…Jesus came to put law to an end ,we no longer live in it

    • There was a reason why Jesus didn’t want to pass judgment to the woman. U know why #Kelving_Solongwe? ‘coz he knew he wanted to be trapped. The law applied to both men and women alike. But from the scene, did u notice that there was no man involved? Was she masturbating herself? No! It was a trap to catch him as that was their aim. Thus why he knelt down and wrote something. #Kelvin wud u pliz tel us what he wrote? If not, why? The bible composers dd not tel us what he wrote down there. Were all those gathered around blind to not see what he wrote? No! But they deliberately left us in the air. Remember Jesus said, ‘…… I have not come to change/or end the law but to fulfil it’, so wud u pliz show us where exactly Jesus said ‘I have come to put the law to an end’????

    • For Christ is the end of the law for the righteousness to everyone that believeth.
      For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doesth those things shall live by them.#Romans10vs4-5

  22. Ndimalakalaka agogo anga alipo ine koma inu mukuchita kugenda ngati mbalaa mwazi wao uli manja mwanu noonse mwachita izi. Muuse mu ntendere gogo

  23. Pasafe munthu koma nkhalamba kuigwira ufiti, what about those small ones?. Masiku ano akuopsya ndi ana. Ndimamva chisoni pa Malawi aziGogo kulibe akutha kumwalira chifukwa cha umphawi , ena akuphedwa kungowaganiz ira kuti ndi mfiti. Chifukwa choti akalamba.

    • Man nanunso ngati ukukusausani kangogulani wanu basi, nanunso muone ngati atakugendani simumva kuwawa. Mukulankhula zoduka mutu bwanji, kwanuko muliko anyamata okha-okha makolo kulibe nkhalamba kulibeko mungamve bwanji atakhala agogo anu?

    • sikutanthauza kuti azigogo okha ayi koma aliyetse kaya mmene ulili owe or ine ngati nchitidwe ndi uwu chilango chake chikhare chani ngati kupolince akuti ufiti kulibe,samara mwana wakwathu siukuziwa chomwe ukunena.ukazaziona uzakhara chete kusowa chochita.as am saing now its three months mine brother missing up to now through this system. e

    • Ufiti uliko, they r killers mwina iwe kusutsana ndi zaufiti sunalozedwepo kapena ungomva kuti azako akudandaula nawo koma amapha ndithu kusiyanaso ndi Edzi and zonse zimachitika chifukwa Boma likuti ufiti kulibe

  24. Inu ndye osalakwa amene mumaponya miyala inu pa maso pa mulungu ndinu okhulupilika? kutrko nanuso mulungu azakuweluzani inu mwaweluza mzanu pokuponya miyala iye azakuponyani mung,anjo ya moto God watching u becareful my friends.

    • Exodus 22:18-20Contemporary English Version (CEV)

      18 Death is the punishment for witchcraft.

      19 Death is the punishment for having sex with an animal.

      20 Death is the punishment for offering sacrifices to any god except me.

    • Exodus 22:18-20Contemporary English Version (CEV)

      18 Death is the punishment for witchcraft.

      19 Death is the punishment for having sex with an animal.

      20 Death is the punishment for offering sacrifices to any god except me.

      He missed this

  25. Arrest Everyone Involved…rewardingly ignorant from that community….malawians we have a stone aged tendency kuti munthu akakalamba kwambiri ndi mfiti….mudzienda maiko a anthu ochita bwino mukaone nkhalamba zoopsa…and because of financial constraints our government….timaenela kumakhala ndi ma homes for the old…..to keep such old people from…malignant communities!

    • Exodus 22:18-20Contemporary English Version (CEV)

      18 Death is the punishment for witchcraft.

      19 Death is the punishment for having sex with an animal.

      20 Death is the punishment for offering sacrifices to any god except me.