Imagine a beautiful woman walking in the road and suddenly following a man she does not know for a sexual escapade with him.
Sounds like a weird story, but some residents of Naperi in Blantyre, Malawi, allege there is a man (name withheld) who is making love with women and girls using magic.
The suspicious residents have written the man's landlord to unconditionally evict him saying they do not want their women to be bedded through magic.
Residents in the area already took matters in their own hands when they recently roughed up the man who was rescued by some sympathisers.
Soche Police confirmed the development, saying the man was indeed taken to police after being beaten by irate residents.
He was questioned and warned to desist from the malpractice if he indeed practices it.
"The man admitted that he has too many female friends and that they all love to come and see his house," said the police officer. According to neighbours, the man has the ability of just greeting a woman and asking her to follow him.
"The women just follow him to his house where he makes love to them," the neighbours said.
On the day he was manhandled he had lured a school-girl who resides in residential houses of Limbe Police. When the irate residents confronted him asking what he was doing with the little girl, he did not give a plausible answer saying she was just a friend he had met at Shoprite.
When the residents asked the girl whether she had sex with him she denied but could not explain why she ended up with him. At this point, the residents decided to rough up the alleged sex maniac and gave him a thorough beating. Sympathisers came to his rescue.
However, when The Weekend Times crew went to his house on Wednesday evening to get his side of the story, the man explained that residents in Naperi hate him because he does not pay money for neighbourhood security.
"When I came here in 2008 two men came here and tried to force me to pay contribution towards neighbourhood security. But I refused because where I came from in Ndirande, we discovered that it was the same neighbourhood guards who steal property from homes. Besides I found it unprocedural that the guards should be going around collecting money by themselves, so I refused.
"Since then these young men have been threatening to beat me up because I am rude. At one point they broke glasses of the windows of my house.These are the same guys who beat me up," he said.
Asked about the allegations that he uses magic to woo women, he said most of the women who visit him were his friends or relatives.
"I can't deny that I chat with women as well as men. Most of the women I chat with are my old school friends or relatives and when I meet them they ask to come and see my house and I bring them here. Now when people see the women coming to my house they just think I am sleeping with them but that is not true," he said.
The man who is not married and has two children from his previous marriage aged 4 and 5 refused to admit when pressed whether he has sex with female friends.
"Look I was previously married but my wife abandoned my children when they were young in 2008. If I wanted to marry I would have done that but I am not ready to marry again at the moment. The troubles I went through with my previous wife are still in my head. She was fond of gambling and could not take care of the children and would bring me many debts.
"The women people see me with are just my friends. If anyone is claiming that I am being a nuisance in this neighbourhood let them bring evidence that I slept with his wife or their daughter. Let them bring the evidence," he challenged. He also questioned why Police had not arrested those who beat him for no apparent reason: "These people beat me up when I was just walking in the neighbourhood. Why they have not been arrested is something that I as a citizen of this country cannot understand," he said.
After beating him, the residents subsequently wrote a letter to the landlord requesting his eviction.