“They Must Die At 10 PM” Mangwe Murders Motivated By ‘Satanic Rituals
“THEY must die at 10 PM!” is the chant that the Magwe man who murdered his parents kept saying to himself as he waited in the darkness outside his parents’ bedroom.
On 1 September last year, Lisani Nleya broke into his parent’s house and committed gruesome murders that shocked the whole country.
The 45-year-old former soldier tortured his old parents to death before burning their bodies beyond recognition.
Lisani who was remorseless about his crimes told police officers during indications that his parents Nicholas Cain Nleya (83) and Margaret Nleya (78) were witches and deserved to die.
Before committing the crime and when he led police on indications he kept repeating his weird chant “THEY must die at 10 PM!”.
Lisani is reported to have repeated the chant at around 9:50 pm of the night he committed the heinous act.
Everything was supposed to start at 10 pm.
I used five minutes to recount all the pain my parents had put me through and the last minute to countdown to 10 pm, he explained.
It is this unusual obsession with ’10 PM’ which led some to believe that the murders were motivated by Satanic occult ritualism.
Bulawayo Roman Catholic Church Archbishop, Alex Thomas questioned why Lisani waited for the clock to reach 10 PM before he killed his parents.
I do not understand why he would wait for exactly 10 pm to start his evil deeds. Maybe he was advised by a prophet or traditional healer. From my research also, ritual cults and Satanists conduct their activities from around 10 pm to 12 midnight, he said.
In an interview with The Chronicle his brother Edmund said that Lisani was a very bright student in school and his behaviour changed when he returned from the DRC war.
He claimed that his father, Nicholas tried to spiritually cleanse Lisani to no avail, thinking that he was possessed by evil spirits.
Zimbabwe National Army Director of Army public relations Colonel Alphios Makotore said the troubled Lisani was discharged in 2004 for desertion.
Nleya was serving with 3.3 Reserve Force Battalion stationed in Chipinge after he had joined the ZNA in 1999 and was deployed to the DRC. He only served in the army for five years. He went Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) in December 2003, he said.
Another religious leader George Kandiero who is the president of Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (ZINATHA) said it was possible that Lisani’s behaviour was caused by spirits he picked up from his time in the army.
In a war situation there is killing that happens. A person is not like a chicken, you need to get rid of certain spirits because some of the people you kill during war would have undergone certain rituals which might torment or follow you. This may explain Lisani’s behaviour, he said.
While mental health expert, Dr Nemache Mawere could not rule out Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a mental health disorder that is common among soldiers who have been to war.
We see these kinds of cases, although they are sporadic. Sometimes it can be a natural mental illness or substance abuse. Subjects may become paranoid when they fail to progress in life even when it is their own failing. Since he also went to war a lot of things can happen. I do not know if they went through the post-traumatic stress disorder counselling, he said.
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