Police on the hunt for Samfya witchdoctor

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Police in the Luapula Province district of Samfya are hunting for a witchdoctor who allegedly took five people between the ages of 50 and 82 to a graveyard and stripped them naked after accusing them of practising witchcraft.

This morning, social media was awash with stories of how five “witches” were caught at a graveyard eating human remains.

But according to police, the five elderly people – four females and two males – were taken to the graveyard by a witchdoctor identified as Mpanda Chishala after he had claimed they were in possession of charms such as snails, horns and lightning.

“Police in Samfya are investigating a case in which a witch doctor by the name of Mpanda Chishala of Maximo village, Chief Kasoma Bangweulu is reported to have picked five people on 21st August, 2018 he alleged to had possessed knowledge of practicing witchcraft among them four females and one male (whose identity we have withheld) aged 50, 65, 80 and 82 respectively all of Mapili Village,” police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a statement.

“The witch doctor purported that he had found the victims with charms thus snails, horns and lightening.”

Katongo further narrated: “The following day on 22nd August, 2018 between 17 00 hours and 1800 hours , the witch doctor is reported to have taken the victims to Banda Village graveyard where he instructed them to take off their cloths as he reportedly continued removing charms.

“The witch doctor is on the run and police have launched a man haunt. The whereabouts of the victims is not known hence we appeal to the victims to report to any nearest police.”

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