VILLAGERS in the area of senior chief Kapelula are flocking to Kapelula police unit in Kasungu district, Malawi to take a look at a man who has “resurfaced” after dying in 2002.
Speaking in an interview with the media, senior chief Kapelula identified the man as being a member of Kapito village in the area.
“The man died after a short illness in 2002 under mysterious circumstances. His dead body kept sweating and producing foam for hours before he was buried,” claims the traditional leader.
The man reportedly resurfaced in his village and is at the police unit for security reasons.
Kasungu police spokesperson, Joseph Kachikho requested more time when contacted for comment.
Money ritual gone wrong
A Ghanaian man has been arrested after a herbalist exposed his attempt to use his daughter for money rituals.
A video shared by Nana Adu-Boafo Jnr on Facebook revealed how the man, Evans Oppong (who is also captured in the video wearing a plain white cloth and sitting on a wooden stool) brought his daughter to him, optimistic that she would be killed for rituals.
He explains in the post that Oppong had just returned from abroad and came to him for help since things were not going on well for him.
Adu-Boafo added the man explained that he had 12 children and wanted to use two of them for rituals.
However, unknown to Oppong, he had just walked into a trap.
“This man brought his own biological daughter to me for money rituals. He promised me 10 000 GHc (US$1 265) and other good surprises after the rituals.
“I was crying within me because I have sympathy for humans and animals; I do not kill people, sometimes I do not even eat my own poultry because I grow so much love for them.
“The sad thing is he even picked the daughter from school during school hours, ostensibly to buy her a new dress. This is a bad man with many evil intentions,” Adu-Boafo Jnr wrote.
Uniformed policemen handcuffed Oppong and the little girl was whisked away by her mother, who also came to the house.
‘Gun-toting’ high school teacher probed
The KwaZulu-Natal education department is probing allegations by parents of pupils at a Durban school, about a gun-toting teacher who often points the weapon at the students and her colleagues.
Spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa told TimesLIVE that an investigation into the allegations is under way at the Phambili High school in Rossburgh, outside the city.
“Something is being done about the matter. You will know the results in due course,” he said.
It is understood the teacher in question has been suspended.
Parents reportedly called for the school to take action against the teacher after it emerged that she carries the weapon to school and brandishes it during lessons.
Concerned parents stormed the teacher’s classroom to confront her but she was not present.
In 2018 it was reported that Phambili pupils allegedly went on the rampage destroying a disputed property across the road.
They claimed at the time that 10 families‚ whom they accused of being illegal tenants‚ did not want to vacate the property so that four classrooms could be built there.
In 2014, the principal at the time and one of his teachers were caught on camera beating pupils for arriving late.
World’s largest whisky bottle sells for £1million
The world’s largest bottle of whisky has sold for more than a £1 million (US$1 263 400).
The 32-year-old, 311 litre bottle of Macallan single malt, was bought at an auction.
Called The Intrepid, the vessel stands at an impressive 5ft 11 inches tall and holds enough liquid to fill 444 standard bottles.
An anonymous foreign buyer purchased the whisky at Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull for £1,1 million.
Parties from all over the globe were interested in the bottle but the final payment is worth the equivalent of almost £92 (US$115) per dram.
Daniel Monk, of Fah Mai and Rosewin Holdings, came up with the concept and claimed it had “always been about more than money”.
“This is a passion project to celebrate the life of my late father, Captain Stanley Monk, who was himself an explorer and achieved many amazing things during his life,” he said.
“Today would have been his birthday so it was a perfect date to put The Intrepid up for auction.”
The bottle’s name is in tribute to the drive and achievements of 11 of the world’s most pioneering explorers who are featured on the bottle, its makers say.
That include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jamie Ramsay and Karen Darke.
The project is also supporting the explorers’ chosen environmental, physical and mental well-being charities.
Marie Curie and the Campaign Against Living Miserably are among them.
Mr Monk continued: “The Intrepid project has been an adventure from the start.
“I started contacting explorers during lockdown to get them on board and found people who could make and fill the largest bottle of Scotch whisky and together we have achieved the dream.”
The Intrepid was officially certified by Guinness World Records as the largest when it was bottled last year and, before the auction, there were hopes that it might sell for as much as £1,5 million and become the most expensive ever sold.
The Scotch was described by Charles MacLean, one of Scotland’s leading whisky experts and Master of the Quaich, as an “an elegant whisky, with subtle complexity”.
After maturing in two sister casks in Macallan’s Speyside warehouse for 32 years, the alcohol was bottled last year by Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, one of the leading independent whisky bottling companies.
A small number of 12-bottle sets were also produced, each filled with the remaining whisky from the same casks used to fill the record-breaking bottle.
The sets include a replica of the main bottle design, along with individual versions dedicated to each of the explorers associated with the project, and these were also sold at auction.
Gavin Strang, managing director of Lyon & Turnbull, said: “It certainly isn’t every day you get to auction a bottle of high-quality, single malt, that also happens to be a record breaker.” — Wires.