By: Brino Kayanga Mwale
MAN MURDERED IN DOWA FOR WITCHCRAFT
Angry villagers in Dowa have murdered Mr. Paulo Tokoma suspected of practising witchcraft.
The incident occurred on 2nd August, 2019 at about 16:00 hrs at Kachala village in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa in the district.
According to Dowa police station Publicist, Sub. Inspector Richard Mwakayoka Kaponda, said the incident was reported to police by Mr. Biziwik Tokoma, born on 30th May, 1977 of the same village.
Kaponda said during the month of July, 2019, Mr. Sipe Chibala of Chibala village in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa in the district died believed to have been bewitched by the deceased, Paulo Tokoma and Kalaya Mwale, of Kakondaudya village, T/A Msakambewa, both are long- time suspects of practicing witchcraft.
On 2nd August, 2019 at 16:00 hrs, relatives of the bewitched person mobilised other villagers who abducted the deceased to death while the other suspect, Kalaya Mwale, born in 1982, was rescued by relatives and is currently admitted at Dowa District Hospital.
Police visited the scene accompanied by a medical officer who pronounced death of the deceased as due to hypovolemic shock secondary to severe burns.
Meanwhile, police investigations are in progress to arrest the perpetrators.
The deceased, Paulo Tokoma, born on 15 th June, 1985, hails from Kachala village in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa district.