As the fight against crime continues, police in Mulanje have arrested two people on suspicion that they killed 60-year-old Fainess Mawira over witchcraft allegations.
The two are Richard Kazembe age 61 and Chancy Mikeyasi aged 21 bothÂ hailing from Kazembe village, senior chief Nkanda in Mulanje .
According to police spokesperson for Mulanje police station sub inspector Gresham Ngwira said on the night of January 2,2021, police received a report that a mob had descended on two people, Mawira and her 20- year -oldÂ sonÂ Mark Aruvi accusing them of bewitching Elizabeth Mawira,the fomer’sÂ young sister.
“Actually, the incident came after Elizabeth Mawira died that night a short time after complaining of heart problems and this did not please some people in the village who mobilised themselves accused Mawira and her son of having a hand in the death” sub inspector Ngwira articulated.
The mob descended on the two suspects and severely assaulted them , Ngwira adds.
“Later following an alert, law enforcers rushed to the scene and rescued the victims before taking them to Mulanje district hospital. Sadly, Mawira died a day later while still receiving treatment,” he further explained.
“After this development, on Tuesday night, January 2, 2021, police carried out an intelligence – driven operation and arrested the two suspects and they are scheduled to appear in court soon to answer a charge of murder contrary to section 209 of the penal code, ” sub inspector Ngwira elaborated.
Meanwhile, police wish to condemn acts of mob just over witchcraft allegations .
The police further assure people in the district that they are committed to combating such cases to protect senior citizens from any attacks linked to witchcraft accusations.
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