Kasungu Police Station and Gundani in Kasungu District, on Monday became centres of attraction on Monday as hundreds of people flocked to the places to see an alleged witchcraft plane.
The ‘plane’ is alleged to have ‘crashed’ in Gundani area, in front of a house of one Liness Kaulungo.
According to people close to the house, interviewed by Malawi News Agency (Mana), the object was discovered in the early hours of Monday after Kaulungo went out to answer the call of nature.
The black object, which resembles a small airplane, attracted hundreds of people as the news of its crash spread like wild fire to surrounding areas of Chitete, Chiteyeye and as far as Juma and Kasalika.
Police later went to the scene and took the object to Kasungu Police Station.
People’s attention then shifted to the police station where they gathered to see the ‘plane’.
The crowd outside the station was so huge, it blocked the busy road which vehicles going up north normally use.
The country’s laws do not recognise the existence of witchcraft and police spokesperson Edwin Kaunda said they took the object away for safety reasons.
He said: “We observed that the object was creating commotion in the area, so we took it away to prevent further chaos.”
Kaunda said the object is being kept at the police station, but did not say what action will be taken next.
The incident ignited debate on witchcraft in the country, with some people saying the plane was evidence enough that witchcraft exists while others were of the view that it is difficult to tell from the object itself.