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Unknown people stab Woman, 91, several times

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Choma
A 91-YEAR-OLD woman of Chief Simwatachela’s area in Zimba is battling for her life at Zimba Mission Hospital after being repeatedly stabbed by unknown people on suspicion that she is a witch.
Southern Province deputy commissioner of police Milner Muyambango said yesterday that the incident happened on Saturday around 21:00 hours at the woman’s house.
He named the victim as Tedela Munkombwe.
“Unknown people entered Ms Munkombwe’s grass-thatched hut around 21:00hours and stabbed her several times with a knife, her condition is quite bad.
“People in the community believe the old woman is allegedly a witch,” Mr Muyambango said.
Cases of the elderly reportedly being killed or injured on suspicion of practicing witchcraft are rampant in some rural parts of Southern Province.
Killing or injuring a person on suspicion of practicing witchcraft is a crime under the Witchcraft Act .



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