Witchdoctors and sangomas encouraging ‘incest and defilement’

Fooled by witchdoctors and sangomas that the easiest way to attain wealth is through incest and defilement, some men in Malawi are learning their lessons the hard way.

A 36-year-old man from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, is one of the men who is now in custody on incest charges, said Lilongwe police.

Police spokesperson, Kingsley Dandaula, said that the superstitious man had been netted for allegedly having sex with his 17-year-old daughter.

“The superstitious man sweet-talked his daughter that they would become rich if he had sex with her. The daughter succumbed to her father’s demand. The secret is now out because the daughter is pregnant,” he said.

According to Dandaula, the daughter allegedly told her mother that she had been impregnated by her father. His irate wife, who was married to the man for 18 years reported the matter to the police. He was then arrested.

The incident is not an isolated case.

Malawi police spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa, said more than 1 300 men were arrested for defilement and incest crimes last year.

“We are arresting many people because of superstition-related incest and defilement cases. The rate of sexual offences is scary,” Gondwa said.

“Those who for the reason of superstition or male chauvinism will continue to engage in sexual offences should realise one thing: having sex with minors is not a passport to riches but an automatic passport to jail. We will continue arresting them.”