Police in Mulanje, Malawi have arrested two men who murdered a witchdoctor to use his brain for ritual.
Mulanje police spokesperson Gresham Ngwira has confirmed the arrest of two men over the death of a traditional doctor.
Ngwira has identified the two suspects as Francis Kachere and Christopher Kabu who murdered the witchdoctor identified as Maluwa Tchale in a bid to get a human brain to make them rich.
The body of the deceased was found by two girls in a pigeon garden who on August 21 went out to fetch firewood.
The two were apprehended following a police investigation.
According to preliminary interrogations, early last month, a certain witchdoctor from Salima told the two that if they wanted to get rich they should find a human brain.
On August 17 this year, Kabu went to the Maluwa’s house in Thyolo asking him to go and protect his (Kabu’s) house with charms.
As the traditional healer Maluwa, who was also village headman Nkolokosa of Paramount chief Ngolongoliwa in Thyolo, was busy spreading the charms, the suspect hacked him with an axe on the neck and he died on the spot.
Kabu later took the body and dumped it in the pigeon peas garden.
Police also learnt during interrogation that the head was buried at a certain place in the same village but when they went there only sacks allegedly used to wrap the head were found.
Police exhumed the body on Monday after relatives who positively identified the witchdoctor as Maluwa Tchale, requested that he be reburied at his home village.
Kachere 33, comes from Machokora village senior chief Mabuka while Kabu 25, comes from Kampala village senior chief Chikumbu both of Mulanje.
The two will answer murder charges contrary to section 209 of the penal code.