Police in Mbeya detain three for murder

09Dec 2019
The Guardian
Police in Mbeya detain three for murder

POLICE in Mbeya Region are holding three people allegedly for murder of one John Mwakarundwa (62) a resident of Nkunga village in an incident connected with witchcraft.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the Mbeya Regional Police Commander ACP Ulrich Matei said the incident occurred on December 3 2019 at 5.15 pm in the village when the suspects attacked the deceased using sharp implements.

RPC Matei said the names of the suspects were being withheld pending investigations and that they had cut the deceased on the neck, the left cheek and the stomach.

He said information say that the deceased was being accused of travelling to neighbouring Malawi to ‘buy’ witchcraft hence the fellow villagers were outraged saying that he was responsible for their miseries.

Matei said the suspects are alleged to commit the crime as an act of revenge, as after the murder the villagers were seen celebrating.

“The government cannot wade into these witchcraft beliefs, hence we shall continue questioning the suspects and after all evidence is collected they will appear in court,” he said.

He called on the wananchi, particularly elders to throw away traditional beliefs that spur acts of violence including murder.