Abducted 9 year old albino found with head only: Malawi Police confirms

An association that deals with people with albinism has asked the government to move swiftly in the protection of people with albinism after an abducted nine year boy in Machinga was found with his head only on Wednesday.

Albino  attacked for  body parts

Albino attacked for body parts

Police criminal investigation officer Isaac Ndala in Machinga confirmed that the head of Harry Mokoshoni was recovered wrapped in a piece of cloth in a garden a week after he was violently abducted from his sleeping room.

“He was peacefully sleeping in his bedroom with his twin who is also a person with albinism when unknown men violently broke the house and took away Harry. His mother, Edna Cedric sustained injuries as he battled with the men to free Harry but to no avail,” said Ndala.

He said Harry’s step father was away on business errands when the incident happened.

This has however angered the Association People with Albinism who has since called on the government to walk the talk on the protection of people with albinism.

“This is worrisome, this is sad, very sad for us. It is now every week a person with akbinism is killed or abducted,” said the association’s executive director Boniface Massa.

Massa said there was need for the government to ensure that people with albinism are well protected and justice accorded to them with or without resources, saying they are bonafide citizens of Malawi.

Body parts of albinos are highly sought as some mistakenly believe they possesss special powers which can  bring wealth and good luck. Attackers chop off limbs, pluck out organs and sell them to witchdoctors.

According to the International Red Cross, a “complete set” of albino body parts – including all four limbs, genitals, ears, tongue and nose – can fetch up to $75,000 (£50,000) in some African countries.

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67 thoughts on “Abducted 9 year old albino found with head only: Malawi Police confirms”

  1. Guyz koma zimenezi tidziti khalidwe limeneli likuchoka kuti,apolice achitepo kanthu zaonjeza nawoso ndianthu (alobino),ali mwana wako ungamve bwanji

  2. Nathan says:

    Mwana wa mzako ndi wako, umusamale, osati kumupha. Khalidwe la uchifwamba ndiloyipa kwambiri, achifwamba onse akamangidwa aziphedwa chifukwa amatisausa kwambiri. Ma Albino ndi anthu ngati ife, pakufunika kuti nawonso adzikhala mu mtendere. I think anthu aku Nsanje anachita bwino kutentha anthu ogwidwa ndi mafupa a anthu. The government must find a way of protecting Albinos immediately.

  3. Nambewe says:

    Malawi watani? Chilungamo chioneke apa

  4. Liwu says:

    uwu Ndiye ufiti umene timati kulibewu. How should this be happening in what we call the peaceful country of ours? Please authorities find a lasting solution to address this nonsense.

  5. Ine kumeneko says:

    The government know wat is going bwanji mbuyomu kunalibe?? A demon uses a person koma zikavuta it runs away. Athu amapanga izi ndaa Akulu kulu a boma nkani athuwo samapezeka, pawailesi kumanena as if there care!!!!

  6. Nilibe pulobulemu mukamphana says:

    UDF Ziwalo za azimayi

    DPP ma Albinos

    DPP +UDF =DEATHS OF WOMEN AND ALBINOS

  7. Elder Sage Iv (ochita) says:

    Do not leave this step husband scot-free…prime suspect. You are saying he was away at the time of the incident (he knew security compromised), and he is a businessperson and all this albino parts stuff is charm for boosting businesses ? Bush CID has already got the leads for you. Musamusiye choncho, azolowera (Do not leave him free, he will do it again …to the remaining twin)

  8. Eye Witness says:

    THE HEAD OF THE ABDUCTED 9 YEAR OLD ALBINO FOUND.

    NOT THE NONSENSE HEADING YOU HAVE WRITTEN.

  9. DK says:

    My question to all of you who seems to have solution to this problem is what should the government do to resolve this problem? It is easy to point fingers, my question is if you were in the government what could you have done to resolve the problem? Don’t just say for the sake of saying, to me the issue at hand is very difficult to handle, it needs collective effort, lets communities unite and work together with police, let every village form vigilant or community policing group, the vigilant team should be empowered by the Government and other stakeholders, they will patrol the whole village while targeting the houses of these albinos.

    The solutions to this problem is not with Government but people from where these people stay!!!
    I rest my case!

  10. Nawonso ndi Anthu says:

    Ultimately, the Government of Malawi is responsible for the protection of people with albinsm. When we talk of insecurity, these are the indicators. May God help us! That notwithstanding, all of us Malawians are responsible in one way or the other!

  11. nde achina nana akawotcha anthu oterewa nde wina aziti fwe fwe fwe mbofyo mboyo?

  12. kitshwane says:

    Subhanallah ndifukwan zikuchitika zimenez mpke mulungu kutikwiira osatipatsa mvula machimo akuluka kwambir mpkana kuphana tokhatokha tjooooo mulungu atikhululukire

  13. Nabingu says:

    The stepfather must be investigated first

  14. yunusu says:

    zaka zomangidwa zikuchepa kwambiri agalu amenewa ofuniks kumawadula ziwalo akagwidwa

  15. nyakaji says:

    Men of Malawi you are a shame to this World.There is no woman involved in this.Do you mean you love money more than life.Iam a woman and I am crying right now.Where is yourheart?God of heaven let whoever has taken part in this gluesome murder die now in Jesus name

  16. M Sabiti says:

    If this was your child how would you feel please my fellow Mw lets love our bros en cctas with albanism there are humans that bloody money will do you more harm than good .Its our responsibility to protect them

  17. unenesko Nguwemi says:

    Police ,first investigate the stepfather .

  18. mziya george says:

    ndiye athu akamawaotcha or doing mob justice to these notorious people who are killing other people’s(albino) lives ndiye a human rights nkumayakhula kuti akulakwa (lawless state), what a shame…..!

  19. WA NOMA says:

    only Nsanje District knows how to deal with these perpetrators its elimination method za ku police mmmmm kuchedwesa

  20. kk says:

    Can we say killers are more organized than Government or the Government is more organized by killers? Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
    When rightious rules people rejoice Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

  21. KAYA says:

    Koma anthu amene amapha albinowa amadziwa zoti kupha ndi tchimo?

  22. mzungumbuli says:

    Police Police please take my advice, “pick the step farther and question him, to me he may be the main player in this scandle” Pick him now you will get somewhat tangible facts.

  23. Ngolongoliwa says:

    Boma likuta liribe polobulemu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Ma fortuner mukuyenderawa ndalama zake zamagazi? Shame!

  25. Dziwapo says:

    Koma albino ndi mgodi eti

  26. 2016 welcome says:

    Judging by his unresponsiveness on this issue, I think Peter Mutharika is behind this. Because if it were not he should have woken up from his never ending slumbet as father of the nation to shake up those responsble institutions into action. What else can be more disheartening than these heinous acts? Koma thima liri zii!! Komanso president uyu ayiayii!

  27. kk says:

    This is high time the Government should answer DR LAZARUS CHAKWERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Can we say the killers are more organized than the Government or the Government is more organized by killers? my own answer is the Government is more organized by killers preparation of next Election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    1. kk says:

      Mmmmmmmmm government needs to tighten ts securhty on albinos who r just being killed as if der z insecurity in de country,nanga tizt chan r u tellin’ me dat maforuner mukuyendelawa ts bcoz dis abusive system nawo2 nd anthu lets respect en prtect der as we r,

  28. Khamula Owino says:

    The life of a person priceless. Am surprised with Owen Khamila , why he went further to find prices of body parts as if it’s a car. Bwinotu mitengo mukuidziwa mumafuna mutani? Investigate Owen Khamula and the step father as well. Mtambo and Trapence are so quite while innocent people are being killed like chickens because donors are giving money on this but gays sichoncho? Koma Mwana wa Mulungu angobwera BASI adzaweluze dzikoli.

  29. 2016 welcome says:

    Careless and insensitive reporting by reporter. How can you mention the so called market prices?

  30. zizwa says:

    Wagulisa mwanayo ndi bamboyo, achiwembuwo anaziwa bwanji kuti wachoka

  31. kankwamba says:

    Owen Khamula nawenso pachakuti chako usankha wekha. Why mentioning ma prices as if ukuwauza anthu to go into that business? stupid

  32. kwataine says:

    Step father yonso afufuzidwe cos anawo si ake akhoza kukhala kuti ndi deal. mark my words.

  33. mwana wa mama says:

    ANTHU OPEZEKA NDI MAFUPA KAPENA CHIWALO CHA MA ALBINO, AZINYONGEDWA . MWINA BOMA LITATERO KUPHEDWA KWA ANTHU ACHI ALBINO ANGATETEZEDWE.

  34. ellias says:

    Chilango chikuchepa thats why mchitidwewu ukupitilira.

    Kill them now!

  35. lloyd says:

    people, while we all do condemn this ruthless, unrespectable, unbecoming, cruel, satanic, behavior, lets avoid putting images on these notes. more if you may tell the story and find an alternative way of presenting the imagery; where are the editors. nyasa times please remove this image.

  36. Cool says:

    Shame

  37. ZALEWA says:

    IF YOU CATCH SUCH PEOPLE
    PLEASE DEAL WITH THEM
    LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO
    THEIR FRIENDS IN NSANJE !!

    DONT WAIT FOR POLICE !!

    DONT WAIT FOR WATCH DOG !!

    BUT WHY IS THIS ALBINO ISSUE
    SO COMMON IN LHOMWE AND
    ACHAWA DISTRICTS ???

    THESE PEOPLE ARE WICKED !!
    WITCHES !!

  38. CHE BAKILI says:

    THIS IS INHUMAN

  39. Roberto says:

    Machinga tsopano, koma ndiye mwatchuka…what’s wrong with you? mulibe pulobulemu just like your president. Why killing innocent soul?

  40. Tit for Tat says:

    This is brutal. Thus why in Nsanje, such people are burnt to ashes.

  41. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians,have we reached that level.Albinos are 100 percent human beings like us,If you cut your finger and cut albino’s,the same red fluid will come out of us,so please,live them alone,they are the creachers of God like us.Now Iam beginning to believe that we are approaching the end of the universe.When I left Malawi at the age of 17,Malawi was a decent and God-fearing people,that is no more.We have jumped onto the band-wagon of evil and destructive societies that have confused Malawians to unprecedented way of life,men to men are marrying each other and women to women marrying each other.Thisi is not the way our forefathers left us.What are we endeavouring to show our children? Please save the souls of God,they love themselves as you love yourself,it is not their fault to look like that,we are all created in God’s image.There are many ways to look for livelihood,I know Muthalika has thrown our magnifecent country into the mouth of the hyenas,but we must not turn into savagery.Albino are human beings like all of us.May God the Almighty keep us away from temptations,AMEN!!!

  42. MERCEDES says:

    THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING NOTHING TO PROTECT THE ALBION KILLERS THATS WHY PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE LAW IN THEIR OWN HANDS BY MOB JUSTICE THE ALBION ABDUCTORS

  43. Damiano Hara says:

    Where is the love? O LORD HAVE MERCY ON US,THIS IS WORRISOME INDEED

  44. m'bale wanu says:

    Subhanallah !!!! boma layeneladi kuchitapo kanthu pa nkhani yochititsa manthayi apo ayi apatse amalawi lamulo kuti akagwila anthu ochita zimeneziwa aziotchedwa basi.

  45. Peter Chinunga says:

    Please stop this madness guys

  46. khal drogo says:

    amati “walk the walk, talk the talk” osati “walk the talk.” mij university mumandikwana ndisaname. nyo!

  47. Matthew says:

    It’s high time that the government instruments consolidate their efforts to protect these vulnerable people. Where is warmth in Malawi then? No reason then exists for us to be called “Warm Heart of Africa” if everyday is punctuated by killing, assault, etc.

  48. kipome says:

    This statement isn’t good. As it fuels the same. // According to the International Red Cross, a “complete set” of albino body parts – including all four limbs, genitals, ears, tongue and nose – can fetch up to $75,000 (£50,000) in some African countries.//

  49. anadimba says:

    i suspect the step father,police ,press his balls.he knows the abductors.

  50. Ineyo says:

    But what pains me most is the period or sentence given to the offenfers: for example, criminals/murderers who were found with albino bones just got “A MERE 4 YEARS”. Are we serious here?

    I am pretty sure kuti some politicians are also into evil business as such they are influencing the courts business in one way or the other.

    But be reminded that God is never your cousin he will expose you sooner or later.

    Since these guys kill to enrich themselves once caught “GUYS PLZ DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME TAKING THEM TO POLICE” MOB JUSTICE IS THE ONLY WAY OUT!!

    Don’t trust our police the most corrupt in SADC and also well known for breeding thugs either directly or indirectly.

  51. Yao says:

    If apprehended burn them to ashes

  52. fumu yatonga says:

    Nothing can be done coz the government officials r behinds killing. Instead of hunting down those thug u busy investigating those who burnt the body parts sellers

  53. patric says:

    Why is CHRR mum on this inhuman behavior. Are human rights only applicable to thrives and murders. What about innocent souls like this one?

  54. lipenga says:

    I really don’t understand you reporter! why you keep on mentioning a specific organ how much it cost? can’t you see that you are creating demand through perception .you mention them as if its Car Engine Parts .

    MCP will end this demonic trade once its in power .

  55. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    The abducted 9-year old was found with head only? What does this statement mean?
    . . . is it only the head that was found or the only body part that remained was the head? Tamalembaniko zithu zomveka abale!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    . . . Nde wina nkumati asena awotcha anthu 7 aja alakwa sichomcho? Let is be known that anybody willing to participate in this trade (whethet just carrying thr bones e.t.c) has the potential to kill. These people’s lust for albino parts is so high that If they cant find a living albino, they head for the grave.
    . . . Now, can anybody, weaing a right frame of mind condemn Asena aja? A a! Even the Police deliberately dilly-dallied so that they could only find ashes, coz nawonso are frustrated by Malaiw’s injustice system.
    . . . Thats the only justice they deserve. Look at what they have done now!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    This said, the detail that a complete set of albino body parts bla bla bla . . . can fetch up to bla bla bla . . .; is tasteless and unnecessary. What are you trying to tell us?
    . . . that those engaging in the trade are justified or what?
    . . . that the rest of us are condemning the act out of ignorance or what?

    Too much of everything including details, is not necessary sometimes.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  56. Kabwila Chakwela joice banda says:

    Zauchisilu ine mwana waine mukamuba ndizakudulani machende anuwo agalu. Mubeleke anu anawo muziwapha. Inu zoona mwana kumupha chifukwa choti mukalemele mapwala anu.panyini pa manu ndithu. Kupha mwana osalakwa pathakopanu

  57. Jimmy Koreia-Mpatsa says:

    This is very depressing.Malawians,please please,an albino is a human being just like all of us except for their skin pigmentation.
    Stop believing these lying ng’angas that u can get rich by using body parts of albinos to get rich.One gets rich by working hard in whatever they do and not through muti.
    Police please hunt these animals who have extinguished an innocent life in Machinga.It is at times like this that one understands the need to maintain capital punishment in our statutes.

  58. Chithumwa says:

    Aa Mukutiuza mitengo yake. Kuti bwanji tsopano? Tikopeke nayo chani? I now believe the government is not seriouse on this issue, Oooh my God.

  59. YOBETSU says:

    Shame shame

  60. iyaz says:

    Malawi,what is dat? Or should we say that we’re waiting for donars to offer protection over this sorrowful issues? Would we please improve on dat…. Peter do somethng plz! We need to pray hard for peace from Allah.

  61. vendor says:

    oh sad. so people in Nsanje were justified to burn the people carrying human bones

  62. George says:

    With such cruelty when found should they be kept alive killing innocent people?

  63. SALIMA BOYS says:

    Wish this I’d too bad,ngati nkufuna kulemela mwachidule a hi zanyanya Ali wanu Mugabe bwanji. ..

  64. tati says:

    A mtambo auankhulapo apa samaikora umbono afitiwa tikakonza tokha.

  65. Dya Mani says:

    This is very sad development. Thoughts and prayer to the boy’s family

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