The Malawi News of April 9, 2011 reports that three deaths in Blantyre’s Bangwe Township resulted from witchcraft.
First to die was Veronica, the Chiwala’s seven year old child. Agness, the child’s mother, a member of the Chiwala family accused her neighbours, the Duncan family, of having bewitched the child. In the ensuing fracas three members of the Duncan family attacked Agness using large pestles (pounding sticks) and hoe handles as clubs. She was taken to hospital where she was found dead on arrival.
The Police arrested two of the assailants on a charge of murder but the third escaped. He was later found dead having killed himself by taking poison.