7-year-old orphan boy dies after his grandmother burnt his hands over kanyenya

By Chisomo Phiri

A seven-year-old orphan boy has died at Phalombe District Hospital after his grandmother burnt his both hands for allegedly eating fried fish (kanyenya), which the grandmother had bought.

Mulanje Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Owen Maganga told local media on Sunday that the grandmother, Modester Biziweck, 76, was angry at the boy, who she was staying with, and burned his hands.

The OC said the grandmother is currently in the hands of the police and will be taken to court soon.

Meanwhile, the assistant Social Welfare Officer at the District Social Welfare Office in Mulanje has described the incident as worrying, saying such abuses are happening despite several awareness campaigns on positive parenting and child protection.

The child came from Malunda Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje District.