Religion In The News

Ghosts Scare Malawi President From His Palace

From -- March 14, 2005

MALAWI, AFRICA -- The president of the east African nation of Malawi has moved out of his palace because he believes it is haunted by evil spirits.

Bingu wa Mutharika has moved out of his 300 room mansion and is staying elsewhere while priests attempt to exorcise evil spirits from the building in Malawi's capital Lilongwe.

He reportedly believes it is haunted and claims he sometimes feels rats crawling on him in bed but wakes up to find nothing there.

The president also hears footsteps at night but no-one else in the house has noticed any disturbance.

The building was the place where parliament sat until Mr. Mutharika controversially took it over as a residence after last year's election.

Parliament has not met since September because there is no suitable venue.

"This looks like a case right out of a Scooby Doo mystery to me," said one of the palace guards who has heard rumors about people trying to intentionally scare Mutharika out of the palace.


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