A senior lecturer at a private university in Malawi's southern city, Blantyre, has been accused of trying to bewitch a fellow lecturer in an attempt to get rich, The Weekend Times has details. It is alleged that the senior lecturer sent two visible charms to the house of his fellow lecturer, who sources said was a close friend, in Kanjedza Township, middle density location in the city.
The revelation has compelled fellow lecturers at the university to shun the senior lecturer for fear of falling victim to his craft.
Reports indicated that in the last week of June, two charms were found at the door step of the Kanjedza lecturer who shares his house with another friend who is also a lecturer at the same university.
The charms were discovered by a houseboy of the two lecturers in Kanjedza who was clearing and sweeping the grounds on that particular morning.
The houseboy alerted the two lecturers and when they saw the charms they were confused. They told the houseboy to burn the charms but the houseboy was afraid.
The houseboy suggested taking the charms to his grandfather who is also a witchdoctor. But the two lecturers insisted on burning the charms.
Our sources said drama ensued when the boy burned the charms.
"The smoke that came from the burning charms was too powerful sending the boy to the floor and he developed strange signs on his body. His eyes protruded and the skin bulged out," the source said.
After few minutes, the boy was able to speak and he asked the two lecturers to take him to his grandfather who is a witch doctor.
"When he got there, the grandfather told him that the charms were meant for his boss [one of the lecturers] because the senior lecturer, who is a friend to the targeted lecturer, wanted to kill him to become rich," he said.
Our source said the senior lecturer was instructed by another witch doctor to kill his best friend to become rich.
It is alleged that the houseboy was shown the image of the senior lecturer by the witch doctor using a magic mirror and when he narrated the whole episode to his boss, the targeted lecturer recognised the man behind the sinister motive.
The lecturer then complained to the university management who summoned the accused senior lecturer.
A meeting took place in Lilongwe where it was revealed that the suspected lecturer might have indeed sent the charms to his friend's house.
Our source said it was revealed at the meeting in Lilongwe that the accused lecturer possessed zombies [ndondocha] which he used for his craft.
The senior lecturer is now paying for his alleged witchcraft practices as fellow lecturers are shunning him.
Our source said few weeks ago, fellow lecturers abandoned the staff room and identified another room where they were operating from.
The university management is yet to pass judgement after the Lilongwe hearing whose details The Weekend Times cannot disclose.
Meanwhile, fellow lecturers are demanding the removal of the senior lecturer.