By SARAH MWANZA –
A 101-YEAR-old woman narrated in a fully packed Matero Local Court how she escaped death following accusations that she was practicing witchcraft.
Esnart Mulenga said her neighbour Henry Mulenga beat her up on allegation that she was responsible of his son’s sickness.
She said if it was not for three school boys who came to her rescue, she would have been beaten to death.
Esnart added that she told Henry to go to court so that she could show her the medicine she used to bewitch his son.
“This man started beating me for no apparent reason and if it was not for the school boys, I would have been dead by now,” she said.
This is a case in which Esnart sued Henry for defamation of character after he accused her of practicing witchcraft.
In defence, Henry refuted ever calling Esnart a witch but admitted going to her place to confront her.
He said earlier that day, Esnart refused to sell his son some roasted cassava which made him accost her to find out why she had refused to sell his son the food.
“I wanted to beat her because she refused to sell cassava to my son but she started throwing stones at me,” he said.
He said Esnart was like a grandmother to him hence it was impossible for him to beat and insult her.
Magistrate Miyanda Banda sitting with Pauline Newa ordered Henry to compensate Esnart with K1,000.
Magistrate Banda further called on young people to stop accusing every elderly person of practicing witchcraft.
He said old people are a reservoir of wisdom hence they should be treated with the respect they deserve.