Albino body exhumed: Malawi Police confirm arrest of herbalists over rituals

Residents of Msemwe village Traditional Authority (T/A) Simphasi in Mchinji woke up in awe on Monday morning when they discovered the body of a 20-year-old man with albinism exhumed from the grave.

Albino exhumed in Mchinji

Albino exhumed in Mchinji

Patrick Katutu, a teacher at Mbachundu Primary School which is near the graveyard told Mana that villagers were surprised to see a coffin of Sopriano Felix who died on 20th April, 2016 lying on top of the deceased’s grave with its cover broken.

“Yesterday, when we passed by the cemetery, we saw the coffin with Felix’s  remains, which were buried on 21st April,  on top of the grave with the cover of the coffin broken into pieces and we alerted the Police,” he said.

Mchinji Police spokesperson Moses Kajawa Nyirenda confirmed the body of the deceased with albinism who died at Kamuzu Central Hospital after battling tuberculosis was exhumed from the grave.

Nyirenda said the police and a medical official from Mchinji District Hospital discovered that arms and legs of the deceased were all removed. The remains have since been reburied.

The police said they have launched a man-hunt to apprehend the unknown criminals.

Meanwhile residents of Msemwe village say two more people with albinism in the area are living in fear due to the incident.

“We want protection for the two people with albinism in the area, because we know the criminals will now target them,” Katutu said.

Herbalists arrested

Malawi Police have meanwhile confirmed that their counterparts in Mozambique have arrested two herbalists in connection with the death of a Dedza based albino boy who was abducted and killed for his bones.

Dedza police assistant spokesperson Cassim Manda confirmed the arrest of herbalists Tafatatha Chinyamula and Madalitso Tafatatha on allegations that he is connected to the brutal killing of 17 year-old Fletcher Machinjiri.

Manda said the police in Malawi are making arrangements to bring the two herbalists in Malawi to answer charges of murder.

He could however not say exactly when they are expected to be brought to Malawi.

The arrest follows the sentencing this week of two men to 25 years in prison for abducting Machinjiri.

The two men and the herbalists are also expected to answer murder charges in the High Court of Malawi.

Moral decay

Father George Kaliati of St. Pius of the Catholic Church on Saturday condemned the abductions and killings of the persons with albinism describing it as a symbol of moral decay and lack of love for one another.

President Peter Mutharika has since ordered the security agents to be vigilant and arrest all those involved in the vice and bring them to book.

He said his government would send a delegation to Tanzania to learn how the country managed to deal with the problem.

Human bones for people with albinism are sold for quick rich charms and a suspect said he was promised K15 billion for the bones whilst in Tanzania,  Al Jazeera reports the bones can fetch as high as US$175000.

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29 thoughts on “Albino body exhumed: Malawi Police confirm arrest of herbalists over rituals”

  1. Lucius says:

    by the way where is the death penalty for these criminals ?And you say NO to mob justice

  2. king fish says:

    lack of love + ignorance + jealousy thats da diseases of we Malawian..let us love one another…

  3. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    The Problem:
    Matt 6: 22-24, “The light of the body is the eye; therefore, if the eye be single (ie wholesome), then your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, then you shall be full of darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold on to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Now the Solution from the Creator:
    John 9:39-41, “And Jesus said, “For judgement I came into this world, that those who see not might see, and that they who see might be blind. And some of the Pharisees who were Him heard these words, and they said unto Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said unto them, “If your were blind, you should have no sin; but now since you say, ‘We see,’therefore your sin remains!”……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..HYPOCRISY, which leads to fake love, fake repentances and fake conversions (fake born-again experiences), and fake holiness, fake knowledge of God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ, fake knowledge of the Holy Spirit, AND FAKE LIFESTYLES AMONGST US THE RELIGIOUS FOLKS, AS PER THE MASTER’S WORDS ABOVE, LEADS US AS THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST, AND THE NATIONAL SOCIETY (STARTING WITH OUR LEADERSHIP CIRCLES) NOT TO TRULY ACKNOWLEDGING AND REPENTING BEFORE GOD, FROM OUR SINS AS A PEOPLE, AND HENCE WE HAVE BECOME “SPIRITUALLY BLIND!” For He says in Hosea 6:4, “My people are destroyed form LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you should be no priest to Me: seeing you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your children!!!” BUT THE ONLY SOLUTION IN THESE INSTANCES SOLELY REMAINS IN US REPENTING AND TURNING AWAY FROM OUR SINS AND INIQUITIES AS CHURCHES AND A NATION BACK TO GOD YAHWEH IN TRULY-TRUE HEART-BROKEN HUMILITY, AND GOD WILL SURELY SAVE US AND BLESS US THROUGH HIS DEAR SON JESUS CHRIST, OUR ONLY REDEEMER THROUGH HIS SOLE BLOOD OF THE CROSS OF GOLGOTHA!!!!! HE WILL THEN RESTORE ALL OUR GLORY AND A BLESSINGS AS INDIVIDUALS, CHURCHES, AND A NATION!!!! Only If we were obedient!!!!!

  4. piere says:

    money is the source of all this barbaric behaviour.

  5. juma jumbe (che jumbe) says:

    please lets join hands and fight against this its our duty to protect our fellow human being. only God knows and will judge ……

  6. charles says:

    It’s very shocking and inhuman but God is watching us from a distance and follows judgment day!!!!!!!

  7. killion lapuyere says:

    Koma apa ndiye zaonjeza amalawi

  8. generation of vipers says:

    For how long shall we stand while we watch our fellow human beings butchered like that? End times indeed

  9. Andy of Kaonekera says:

    I am of the opinion that you must first trace both the buyers and agents of this barbaric trade.Life cannot be traded with money

  10. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Note to Father George Kaliati: Perhaps you could approach your leaders about the idea developing a “pastoral” letter on this issue. Pastoral letters should encompass issues beyond politics; and we know how effective the one letter was during that brutal dictatorship!
    And the Church could have the letter read in every church on a Sunday.
    But, please DO NOT involve any of those religious leaders, like Father Mulhomolhe, who just had a meeting with government leaders a few weeks ago, as they (the rls) are mainly in politics, not our welfare.
    Is this asking too much of one of the most influential Churches in our land? To ask on behalf of our brothers and sisters with albinism? Who can’t even sleep without having someone watching over them? In their own beds? Who can’t even go the river to bath, fetch water, without wondering if they will come back home?
    The Church can do something it will be remembered for; just like that anti-dictatorship letter. And future generations will always be thankful.

  11. Esther wedson says:

    Mmmmm how 2 secure our friends with albinism?malawi why?do you think its a nice bizness that u r doing?mmmmm god help us.lets lov our friends

  12. Kholowa mkabudula says:

    A NIB ali bize kusaka a baba Tembo and Chakwela!

  13. LAW101 says:

    I say this again….. Cases of albino hunting are on the rise because of the unnecessary hype by the media. Same case with child defilement cases….. you think in the past there were no such cases? but you wonder why today everyday you hear of such stories. The media is fueling most of these cases. Call it the pros and cons of the media.

  14. Tikambe Tinyula says:

    Nthawi ya Bakili munkati wabweretsa uchigawenga,nthawi ya Bingu munkati bwanji wamkhululukira Chanthunya naye ndi chigawenga,nthawi ya Joyce Banda munkati NACHIPANTI wachokera kuti.Pano Peter munena kuti watani poti izi za ma Albino tsono zafika poti ngati ndi malonda a bonya ,paliponse ndipo adzudzulidwawo akumapatsidwa tizilango tofewa.KODI MALAWI AKUPITA KUTI?NANGA ATDOGOLELI AKUCHITAPO CHIYANI? Ndine wolira mnzanu!

  15. dpp_sapota says:

    atleast malawi is a God fearing nation and God will come from heaven and fix this

  16. jmo says:

    Tanzania Used investigative journalist Anas Anas to track the killers

  17. BOKHO says:

    WHERE IS DAUSI

  18. Lamulo lija timati opha mzake nayenso aphedwe munalichotseranji???? Mwaonatu zongomachotsa malamulo popanada kufunsa anthu ndizimenezo. Muisova.

  19. th truth man says:

    In Malawi it is tatally impossible to provide maximum security coz it is starting with the people who have names . our police very porous like a sieve mmmm. just imagine now the Malawi police service are recruiting candidate, ask me now how many of these recruited officers underwent normal interviews? its 15% . Then you are expecting secure nation aaaaaaaaaa gosh , the 85% of police officer will never work profetionally as their mode of recruitment tells, You must plant maize seeds if you want maize harvest, no vicevesa. no wonder Malawi police named bribe police

  20. MULUNGU AKUWONA says:

    Mr President, I am quite concerned with the spirit in which the case of albinos. As fellow human beings I feel that there is urgent need to lleave no stone un turned to make sure that they are protected. My advise to all Malawians of goodwill is that the moral decay we are experiencing is now going out of hand. If it is the thirst to get rich easily by those in this trade I say may God Almighty forgive you for you do not know what you are doing.My main concern is for those albinos who are still alive because they will be the next target. Please Malawians, let us join hands declare WAR aginst anyone who is nursing thes barbaric and inhuman act. One thing for sure is that let us not leave everything on the President, neither the police thinking that they have all the solutions to this problem realising that “devided we fall and united we stand” let us PRAY for our country and even the region so that God may help us find the lasting solution to this grave predicament. Nanu ma Herbalists chonde kodi moyo muli nawowo munapanga nokha??? Nanga ndi chifukwa chiyani mukulolera zithu zotelezi. Kodi inu sindiye muli ndi yankho lothetsetsera vutoli?? Ndizowona kuti inu ma herbalists mumatha kudya, kugona ndi kumasangalala chifukwa choti mwapeleka mankhwala woti muthu aphe nzake.Ndi inu athu kapena nyama. Ayi ndakutayilani kantengo. Koma Mulungu akuwona ndipo akukanthani pamodzi ndi mtundu wanu wonse. Inu amene muwalemela kapena kufuna kulemera mwanjira yo nyansa yotere, TSOKA pa ana anu ndi ntundu wanu wonse ndipo Mulungu mwini zonse akukantheni pamodzi ndi ntundu wanu wonse ndipo pansi pompano wosatinso kumwamba ayi popeza kumwamba ndi kwa anthu woyera mtima, wodzimana, achikondindi, achifundo ndiwololera kuvutika keti ena apeze bwino. NDICHIYANI KODI AMLAWI MUDZAPINDULANJI NGATI MUTAKHALA NDICHUMA CHONSE CHA DZIKO LAPANSI KOMA MULI WOPEREWERA MU ULAMULIRO WAKE WA CHAUTA. Tasithani ndikuleka mchitidwewu chonde ndapotananu. Kaya ndi ma mini bus, zinyumba zokongola, kapena kudya bwino zonsizi ndizachabe ngati mapezeddwe ake ndiwosavomerezeka pamaso pa MULUNGU. Muli ndi tsoka!!!!!

  21. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    “Even in death, they do not rest in peace as their remains are being robbed from the graveyard.” – Ikponwosa Ero (UN Envoy)
    . . . Can anyone read the helplessness and hopelessless in these words by Ero?; hence the humble and desperate request for the authorities to do something?; and urgently?
    ……………………………………………………………………..
    Authorities’ Responses . . .
    . . . l will send a delegation to Tanzania to learn how they managed to contain the situation.
    . . . I will establish a committee to monitor progress on implementation of measures I will establish.
    . . . I will ask the security personel to be more vigilant
    . . . I will . . .
    . . . I will . . .
    . . . I will . . .
    Meaniwhile, the beast is on the loose, randomly hunting, mercilessly killing our innocent albinos. Sadly, stopping at nothing as even to the grave and perhaps to hell; the beasts is determined and ready to follow and go, just for the albino bones.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    People need to be reminded that . . .
    . . . besides the future tense “I WILL DO this or that”, there are other tenses as well, like I HAVE DONE or I DID or I AM DOING, this or that.
    . . . Otherwise, “Tomorrow is promised to no one” – Clint Eastwood; thus, the only meaningful and certain time we have, is NOW.
    . . . Therefore, “I have done this” OR “I am doing this” is more important than “I will do this”; especially in these desperate times that require urgency, in thought and action.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  22. Nambewe says:

    Legislate against this albino victimisation! it is all based on ignorance and an un founded belief by the witchraft people! we are in 2016 for heavens sake! lets put a stop to all this! final !

    How can people who are so normally descent people subject a dead man to this degree of indesence? witchcraft is against the law in malawi we should start punishing witch Drs pleasae!!!!

  23. chemuyaya says:

    Please school me the duties of NIB.

  24. Tithana Ndi Mtsogoleri says:

    It is not moral decay that is fueling such malpractice. Rather, it is economic decay or poverty which makes people resort to such unthinkable, hyenous acts. The more Malawi becomes poor, the more such and other horrible things will be done because people need basic things to survive which are becoming harder as the economy slumps. The blame should be laid straight to the door of Malawi’s president for not considering the economic welfare of the citizens. He is responsible for impoverishing Malawians. He is failing to tap in the 40% donor money to help support government budget so that the country can avail resources to its citizens. People’s salaries have stagnated and gone down in value terms, and this is having knock-on effects to the economy. Businesses are winding up. Malawi has become the poorest country in the world, all of it courtesy of Malawi’s president. What is happening to the albinos should be a wake-up call to the ever-slumbering president that the country’s economy needs making right, otherwise Malawians will eat each other to survive. If the president wants to learn how TZ dealt with the problem, he won’t find the lessons in the courts or police but in that country’s economy. Rich nations do not survive on cannibalism but on their economy. The delusion that Malawi can be economically independent (just because the president wants to run away from the donors’ insistence on accountability of government’s money) is as stupid as thinking that albino bones can make someone rich. The president wants to be free stealing government’s money without being questioned-that’s why he hates donors and claims Malawi can be economically independent. This mentality will make Malawians eat all albinos and turn to eating each other, but the president could be lucky if he’s not eaten up too.

  25. Joseph nyondo says:

    Lord have mercy

  26. suspect zero37 says:

    a police akumalawi ndiopepela kwambiri nthawi zonse nkhani zao zimangothera we’re investgate choyamba muyang’ane kaye source ya nkhani kuti kodi anthuwa akadula ziwalo za albino akumapita nazo kuti nanga akumawatuma ndi ndani? Nanga zimagwiradi ntchito yolemeretsa munthu? Ndye zikatero mutha kuona poyambira anthuwa akuoneka kuti pali chithu chonachomwe chikuwapatsa mphamvu kuti azidula ziwalo za anthu ndipo pali munthu wina amene amawatuma ndiiiiithu!!!

  27. Chemeso says:

    Abaleee ndichani????

  28. Anything Goes says:

    This is sad!. Things won’t change unless our judicial system is reviewed. Just imagine an Albino abductor getting 7yr jail term and in different news, a burglar is slapped with 10yrs. How can you justify this?.

  29. Issa Kabudula says:

    Zitisunga – zikutiyalusa, we can not doge in poverty for the Albino killing, its a lie.

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