Two Women Murders in three weeks

Written by  Sam Phiri

A woman was found dead in a pool of blood Sunday in Mchinji district barely a week after another female was brutally murdered by her cousin for rituals in order to get rich.


Mchinji police has since launched a manhunt for Gift Mayibegi who is being suspected of killing his fiancée Patricia Chirwa at Kaigwazanga village in the area of senior chief Mkanda in the district.

According to Mchinji Police spokesperson Moses Kajawa Nyirenda, Chirwa was killed and dumped in the bush where she was discovered by members of the community who reported to police.

A postmortem conducted by Mchinji District Hospital revealed Chirwa died due to severe head injuries sustained from being repeatedly beaten with a hard wood.

The murder comes in the wake of teenager Janet Chitedze who was cruelly murdered and had her private parts removed by her 21-year-old cousin Selemani Medson.

Medson was arrested between Namitete and Mchinji Boma on Friday.

Mchinji Magistrate court sent Selemani Medson on remand at Maula Prison on Monday and committed his murder case to High Court.

Medson claims he was persuaded by a witchdoctor to remove genitals of the deceased and use them for rituals meant to make him get rich quick.

Malawians were already in shock prior to Chitedze’s murder after another woman Linda Phulani was severely beaten with a hot wire by her husband for refusing to join the Satanism cult.

Minister of Gender, Children and Social welfare Patricia Kaliati has condemned the act of inhumanely murdering people to extract genitals for rituals.

“Where is humanity? Wondered a visibly concerned Kaliati.
“How can a man murder his own cousin and remove her private parts just because he wants to get rich? If you want to get rich, work hard and venture into farming.”Said Kaliati.

Kaliati visited Phulani as well as the family of late Chitedze and condemned men who abuse their wives, urging them to instead take care of their families.

“It’s sad that Mchinji is in the news for the wrong reasons,” she said.
“Government is concerned with criminal activities occurring in the district and is working with the police to ensure there is security in the district.”



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