Katima traders riot over witchcraft accusations

A witch doctor holds a hippo nyanga
A witch doctor holds a hippo nyanga

January 23, 2018 -Residents of Katima Mulilo area in Sesheke district yesterday rioted after a prominent businessman, known as Mukwendela Mukwendela, was accused of being a wizard by his sister.

The marketers, who heard Mukwendela’s sister shouting that her brother was a wizard, ran amok and broke into the businessman’s shops where they destroyed goods.

Western Province Commissioner of Police Charles Lungu confirmed the riot to ZANIS.

Mr. Lungu said the riot happened yesterday around 13:00 hours.

He said the incident happened at Katima Mulilo main market where Mukwendela has some shops.

He said police in full riot gear quickly dispersed the riotous mob using tear gas.

Mr. Lungu said calm has since returned to Katima Mulilo adding that police officers are still on the ground monitoring the situation and protecting Mukwendela’s property.

He said both the accuser and the accused are held at Sesheke police station for their safety.