Residents in Mzimba last week woke up to crude wakening, when a man identified as Martin Gondwe, died following serious burn wounds that he sustained after setting himself ablaze.

Confirming the development with FaceofMalawi, Mzimba Police Spokesperson Constable Gabriel Chiona said the deceased drained some petrol from a generator; pour it on his body before setting himself ablaze.

“What caused the death is still unknown but we are told that the deceased was heard screaming and mentioning about witchcraft at the compound,” said Chiona.

According to the officer Gondwe was pronounced dead upon arrival at Mzimba District hospital.

Chiona further revealed that the details as to what transpired for Gondwe to kill himself were still sketchy but only that the deceased had just been released from prison where he was serving a one year term for assault and bodily harm.

He is survived by a wife and a son.

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