The Malawi Police Service (MPS) says it has registered an increase in mob justice cases from 42 in 2021 to 62 in the first eight months of 2022.
Some civil society organizations in the country have condemned the extrajudicial killing of a chief in Dedza on suspicion that he was practicing witchcraft.
Police in the South Eastern Region have challenged people to avert taking the law into their own hands whenever there are misunderstandings between the community and police.
Police delayed response to crime scenes has largely been attributed to the rising cases of mob justice being recorded in the country where suspects have been apprehended by ordinary people.
As the country continues registering an upsurge of violence against the elderly on witchcraft accusations, angry mob from Songwe village in Mulanje yesterday nearly killed two grannies accusing them of killing a Form Four boy through magic.
An angry mob on Thursday morning set on fire a 25 year old man at Goliati Trading Centre in Thyolo District on suspicion that he stole dry maize.