Villagers burn 8 houses over witchcraft claims

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Angry people in Chakwera village in Karonga district have razed down eight houses whose owners are being suspected to have bewitched the village head of the area, Malawi24 has learnt.

According to information from Karonga police made available to this publication, the incident happened at around 7pm on 2nd January, 2017.

Mulanje Bus depot fireThe police said village head Chakwera (Jeromy Kumwenda) passed away on 1st January 2017 after a short illness. But his subjects claimed that his death was not natural and they started suspecting that he was bewitched by his younger brother Kruger Kumwenda.

It is said that Kumwenda killed his brother with the aim of taking the chieftainship a development that angered people in the area.

The angry communities ganged up and set ablaze two houses belonging to Kumwenda’s two wives and six other houses belonging to his relatives who were suspected to be on Kumwenda’s side.

Police rushed to the scene but did nothing because the houses were already in ashes.

However, preliminary results of police’s investigations have shown that items destroyed are worth over K10 million.

Meanwhile police have not yet arrested anyone on the matter claiming their investigations are still underway but whosoever will be arrested, will answer charges of arson.

There was also bloodshed in the same district last year in September in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kilipula as villagers fought over chieftaincy.

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38 Comments

  1. Mwaotcha nyumba? Mwalakwisa inuso mukanangowaloza apa zaonetseratu kuti izo ndi zongopekerana anthuwo mwangodana nawo apolice gwirani anthu amenewo fast aweruzidwe…

  2. Ngatidi Dzina la mudziwo lili “chakwera” this z what i expect . Vuto ndi dzinalo la mudziwo not those involved !!

  3. Hahahahahahahahhaha comment loading………….
    Now it has open de apps ndanthawamo munyumbamo panopa ndilikuno ndkulozaninso inu mukumapanga comment zopunsanu nde ngati ndinamuloza mfumuyo nde bwanji simunamuochere nyumba yemwe wamuuzaniyo mwangosankha yanga basi ndi azizanga bcoz sangaziwe kuti ineyo ndine mfiti ngati iyeyo salimfiti. Ndizoonadi ufiti uliko koma mwalakwinsa okuuzaniyo simunamuochere nyumba . Mmmmm chilembwe wanga amene wangotuluka pompanonu zinalimo ten wamphyaso nde ayida asalaso ndi ndani guyz(

  4. Zoti anthuwo ndi amene anamuloza mfumuyo ndi zabodza,mfumuyo imadwala ndipo itapimidwa ku chipatala inapezeka kuti mmimba mwayamba kuvunda ndipo inauzidwa kuti ipite ku chipatala cha ku mzuzu ndipo iyo inakana,kodi ufiti ulipo apa?

  5. All is about stupid leaders.u were born in malawi,u only went outside to finish up u education.hw come today mukuti ufiti kulibe?Malawians are fed up now with u pussy laws.go to he’ll.

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