Witch finder put on defence

By Christopher Miti

A Malawian traditional Doctor, who claims to have powers of bringing back dead people to life has been put on his defence by the Chipata Magistrates Court for obtaining money by false pretences.

This is a matter where EMMANUEL BANDA, 34 is charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretences and another count of being in possession of property believed to have been stolen.

Mr. BANDA is alleged to have obtained 900 Kwacha from the family of the Late DRAIN NYIRENDA of Kasenengwa District who died while performing Gulewamkulu Traditional dance on December 24, 2023 at Katintha village in chief Chikuwe’s area.

Two police officers from Chiparamba police post were the last prosecution witnesses.

Sergeant WYNTER PHIRI, who is also the arresting officer, showed the court, a plunk which was wrapped in blankets, a bag containing charms that the traditional doctor was using.

Sergeant PHIRI said the accused person wrapped two blankets on a plunk and claimed that it was the late DRAIN who had resurrected.

The traditional doctor said he will not call any witness in his defence but he will give sworn evidence.

Resident Magistrate DESTINY KALUSOPA adjourned the matter to April 19th for defence.

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