Supersticious sex

Superstitious sex

MZUZU (Malawi NewsNow) –Malawi Police has said there is an increase in superstition-related incest and defilement crimes in country

“We are arresting many people because of superstition-related,” said police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa.” The rate of sexual offences is scary.”

Witchdoctors and sangomas have fooled many Malawians into believing that they can easily get wealth by incest or defilement.

And a Form Three student at Chibavi Community Day Secondary School  has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for defiling an eight-year-old girl.

Mzuzu Magistrate court heard that Peter Mhango, 18, from Sonda Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mtwalo in Mzimba pleaded guilty that he  had been defiling the girl since last year, which is contrary to Section 138 of the Penal Code.

He told  the court he was sleeping with the minor to feed the spiritual demon which has been tormenting him since he was in Standard Five.

Magistrate Major Mbewe slapped Mhango comes from Sonda village, T/A Mtwalo in Mzimba district with 18-year-jail-term .

Police spokesman warned that those who for the reason of superstition or male chauvinism will continue to engage in sexual offences should realise that police  will continue arresting them.

“Malawi is a very superstitious nation… Malawian – educated or uneducated, well-travelled or not are superstitious. The only difference between those in the village and those living in air-conditioned houses in cities, is that the former believes in witchcraft while the latter believes in demons… This is why prophets are mushrooming everywhere and I have to say they are also doing quite well in urban area – both in brainwashing and making money,” Said columnist Sellina Nkowani, a writer with local paper, The Nation.

Doctor Chiwoza Bandwe, a psychologist at the University of Malawi, believes that the reason why even in societies where there is no superstitions defilement and incest and rape happen because men crave dominance over women to feel psychological powerful.