Oct 18, 2017 Last Updated 3:20 PM, Oct 16, 2017


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Police in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu are keeping in custody a 31 year old woman for alleged murder.

Berita Kamoto is suspected to have murdered her better half, Jeremiah Kholowa, 45.

The incident happened on Sunday night at Kalimwayi village in the district.

Ntcheu Police publicist disclosed the woman who has difficulties in walking due to her disability allegedly murdered the husband after a disagreement ensured between them.

Hastings Chigalu stated the two quelled as the husband was suspected to be stealing the woman's belongings.

"Due to her status, Berita was spotted by The Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) to go for an initial business training to sustain her daily livelihood.

And as startup capital, she was given Solar panel, battery, charger, sewing machine, and fourteen pieces of cloth so that she immediately ventures into business," explained Chigalu.

However on the material day, the deceased decided to visit the wife at night where a fierce fight erupted and led to the death of the husband.

An autopsy at Ntcheu district hospital reveals the death was due to suffocation.

Berita will appear in court soon to answer a case of murder which contravenes section 209 of the Penal Code.

Both suspect and deceased had been married for over ten years and had two children together.  

The clergy is calling for thorough investigations following continued reports of blood suckers in some parts of the southern region.

About six people have been killed recently on suspicion of involvement in the alleged blood sucking incidents, five of them in Mulanje and one in Nsanje.

At least three people have been murdered for being or collaborating with suspected blood suckers.

There have also been multiple reports of injuries, property damage, threats and acts of intimidation.

The development has seen the temporary withdrawal of volunteer workers by the US government.

The police are however dismissing rumours of the presence of alleged blood suckers in the country.

Some sectors of society believe the issue is based purely on superstition.

Images of people who are said to have had their blood sucked have been circulating online for the past week.

Speaking to Capital FM, Mark Kambalaza who is founder of Charismatic Renewal Ministries International said law enforcers must investigate and give the people proof whether or not the rumours circulating are true or not.

While Dnala Chabulika, National Coordinator of the Islamic Bureau said these rumours are mostly spreading because people are now morally corrupt and do not care about each other.

“Religious leaders need to preach more about love, and ensure that people stop believing such rumours”.

“We mostly forget about preaching on morals, as we dwell on God and Heaven when we preach, but if we preached more about morals, we would not have such things happening in the country, “Chabulika added.

Meanwhile the government is planning on engaging with community radio stations to sensitise the public on the purported blood suckers.

According to Cecilia Chazama who is the minister of civic education and culture, the ministry has already started working with chiefs to help them on holding sensitisation meetings in various areas.

The magistrate court in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu has released on bail a pastor accused of defilement. 

Philip Palibe Ndipo of New Covenant Assemblies of God appeared before court on Monday morning.

He is alleged to have defiled a 10 year old epileptic girl from Kalindira village last week.

Ndipo pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him and applied for bail in which the court set conditions before granted him.

First grade magistrate Crispin Sachuluka ordered the man of the cloth to produce two surities of MK75, 000 each of which he managed to do.

Meanwhile the case returns in court on October 12, 2017 for hearing, this is the day when the state will parade its witnesses to the case.

The 50 year old clergyman is answering a case of defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code.

The Police in Mwanza have arrested a Zimbabwean national for being found in possession of seven plastic bags of hemp popularly known as Chamba.

The suspect identified as Fanuel Macharia hid the illicit drug in a 50 kg bag of rice.

Macharia, 34, was travelling in a Zupco bus, as a conductor, from Blantyre to Zimbabwe through Mwanza Border.

Mwanza Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Hope Kasakula has confirmed the development to the Malawi News Agency.

The suspect is expected to answer charges of being found in possession of hemp also known as cannabis sativa which is contrary to section 19 of Dangerous Drug Act.

A 12 year old boy was on Monday found floating along the shores of Lake Malawi.

The boy, [name withheld] was discovered at Chilumba Jetty in Karonga district.

According to Karonga Police Deputy Publicist, George Mulewa, on the morning of September 25, the deceased and his friends went for a swim where he in the process went into deeper waters where he eventually drowned and died.

“People who saw the body floating tried all they could do to rescue the boy but unfortunately he had died already,” said Mulewa.

 A Postmortem conducted at Chilumba Health Centre revealed that the boy died due to suffocation.

However, police in the district have been tirelessly conducting civic education awareness meetings with community members to sensitise them on the dangers of allowing children to go to any water body without adult supervision.

The deceased hailed from Mgoyera village in Traditional Authority Wasambo, Karonga.

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