Police in Nkhata-Bay have arrested five people over witchcraft allegations Sergeant Kondwani James, Nkhata Bay Police Publicist says have arrested a female witchhunter, Judith Nkhambule, 46, and four others; Henry Banda, 35; Joseph Lungu, 30; Jessy Kanyasyo, 70; and Enwood Thundu, 44, all from Dewe VillageTraditional Authority Kabunduli in Nkhata Bay District.
James said the witch hunter and the four suspects accused four other women to have been responsible for the disease.
The Police Publicist said the four suspects who are said to have been suffering from illnesses had called for a witch hunter Nkhambule for healing rituals but in the process the magician ‘detected’ four women to have bewitched her clients.
“This prompted some well-wishers to tip the police after sensing trouble over the situation.Police rushed to the village where they found the four patients with their victims smeared with soaked maize flour ready for lacerations.The law enforcers immediately arrested the witch finder and her clients.” explained Nkhata Bay Police Publicist
According to the Police Publicist, Nkhambule has been charged with profession of witchcraft and charging a person with witchcraft while the rest have been charged with employment of witch finder and are all expected to appear incourt today, Thursday July 23, 2020.
Police in the district are advising traditional doctors to avoid witch finding as it is against the laws of the country. Furthermore, members of the community are advised to avoid employing witch finders as it contributes to wrangles and deaths.
James Nkhambule comes from Kazuwa Village, T/A Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba while the other four suspects are from Dewe Village under T/A Kabunduli in Nkhata-Bay District.
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