Malawian police arrest 3 for killing uncle over 'witchcraft'

2016-02-22 14:30

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Lilongwe – Three people were arrested in Ntcheu District, Malawi, after they allegedly killed their uncle who they accused of using witchcraft to kill their brother.

Nyasa Times reports that Esnart, 24, Rose, 22, and Mac Yon Billy, 14, had heard rumours that their uncle Hudson Banga, 65, had used witchcraft to kill their brother, Lingson Billy, 27, who was struck by lightning on February 17.

"Two sisters and a young brother to the deceased did not take those rumours lightly. They went to their uncle and confronted him, but later chaos erupted where the uncle was stoned and hit by different objects to death," a police spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The three later surrendered themselves to the police.

Police have urged the public not to take the law into their own hands and to report matters such as suspicion of witchcraft to the authorities.

Last month, four nephews were arrested in Dedza for killing their 70-year-old uncle after they accused him of being a witch.

Read more on:    malawi  |  witchcraft  |  crime  |  southern africa

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