Mangochi,  An 87-year-old granny from the area of Senior Chief Nankumba in Mangochi was brutally murdered allegedly by irate community members on accusations of witchcraft.

Police in the district have confirmed the incident, identifying the deceased as Alista Makondetsa from Chizula Village in the area of Senior Chief Nankumba in Mangochi.

Three suspects have been arrested in relation to the murder while two others are on the run.


The suspects mobilized themselves and went to confront the old woman who denied the allegations before she met her fate.

“Wrangles erupted which resulted into beating the old woman until she fainted,” said Daudi,

The matter was reported to the police. The woman was rushed to Monkey Bay Health Centre where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Postmortem conducted at the hospital revealed that the death was due to severe head injuries and internal bleeding.

The first three suspects who have been arrested immediately are Lifa Wasili (20), Emily Michael (20) and Amina lssah (32).

The other two Kassim Chinseu (35) and Michael Chinseu (42) are on the run.

The suspects are expected to appear before court to answer murder charges contrary to section 209 of the penal code.

Meanwhile, the police have appealed to the general public to report to any nearest police any information on the whereabouts of the two suspects on the run.

She said all the suspects hail from Chizula Village in the area of Senior Chief Nankumba in Mangochi where the deceased also came from.

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