Police in Dowa have confirmed arrest of four people on allegations that they killed a 56-year-old village headman suspected to have been practising witchcraft.
Sub Inspector Gladson M’bumpha, Dowa Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) said the suspects have been identified as Saidi Billiot, 52, Gandali Chaima, 54, Malikano Kachala, 20, all from Sasamba Village and Zefinati Josamu, 48, from Kachiwaya Village, both from Traditional Authority Chiwere in the district.
“The suspects are alleged to have killed Village Headman Master Gogo Kachiwaya on May 31, 2020 at Kachiwaya Village accusing him of practising witchcraft.
During the incident, the suspects also torched houses and damaged households belonging to the deceased.” Disclosed M’bumpha
According to M’bumpha, the suspects have been on the run until the night of Sunday September 13, 2020 when police arrested them during a raid conducted in their hiding places.
“They are expected to appear before court soon to answer murder charges.” Indicated M’bumpha
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