K1.1billion offered for albino bones, killer tells Malawi Police chief: Blames Satan

An albino bone market agents in Lilongwe offered  K1.1 billion (about $1.5million) to Gerald Phiri, convicted of the murder of his 21-year-old albino niece Eneless Nkhata at Madisi in Dowa mid this month, Malawi Police chief  has been told at a special hearing.

Crackdown: Kachama with other people with albinism

Crackdown: Kachama with other people with albinism

Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama and Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jappie Mhango summoned the Phiri, 38  who  has since sentenced to a 17-year jail term to a  special hearing on Wednesday at Mponela Police Station

Phiri disclosed that the the ‘potential buyer’ of the bones, detained at the Mponela police station,  has offered astronomical figure to buy the albino bones and they were swayed with the money.

According to Phiri, his  accomplice Medson Madzialenga whom he allegedly agreed to sell bones of a person with albinism ,  persuaded him to murder his niece who completed her school certificate last year at Mzimba Secondary School after linking him with albino bone market agent Damison Manyoni in Area 47, Lilongwe.

He said after meeting Manyoni in his house, he promised K1.1 billion cash for the albino bones.

Phiri,  confessed that he murdered his niece at a forest in Madisi .

During mitigation at Mponela First Grade Magistrate’s Court, the convicts who pleaded guilty,  blamed Satan for influencing their acts and pleaded for leniency on the basis that they are first offenders and that they look after their aged parents.

However, first grade magistrate Beatrice Ng’oma ignored their plea and agreed with the State prosecutor Isaac Kadawayula that the two deserved a stiffer sentence and imposed  17 years imprisonment.

There are other eight who pleaded not guilty.They include  Jezmoni Baluwa, Weluzani Foster, Steven Ching’ombe, Isaac Msambalume, Kaluzi Kamangeni, Damiano Phiri, Damisoni Manyoni (ex-Army officer) and Mc Donald Kanyerere.

A series of horrific murders of albinos has been rampant of late as Association of People with Albinism in Malawi  has reported over 50 cases of attacks which have resulted into deaths, abductions for the purposes of body parts removal, and exhumation of their bodies, mostly in the district of Machinga, Mchinji, Kasungu, Phalombe, Karonga and Mzimba and lately Dowa.

Superstitions feed myths that albinos are ghosts, sorcerers or demons who have been cursed and, when hunted and killed for body parts, bring good luck to others.

A complete set of body parts from an albino, including “all four limbs, genitals, ears, tongue and nose,” can bring in up to $75,000 on the black market, according to a  report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Albinism is a rare genetic condition in which people are born without pigmentation in their hair, skin and eyes. Many who have it are visually impaired and more vulnerable to sunlight, putting them at greater risk for developing skin cancer.

Witch doctors use their body parts in potions to bring good fortune to those who are willing to pay for it.

 

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33 thoughts on “K1.1billion offered for albino bones, killer tells Malawi Police chief: Blames Satan”

  1. nyasa boy says:

    To be honest death sentence must come back for the dangerous people like those #what is 17yrs in prison is nothing

  2. The Analyst says:

    Abale inu zaka 17 zoka basi. Mmalo moti mubwere nao pa Kamudzu Stadium azaomberedwe anthu akuona.

  3. zoona says:

    Stupid African leaders spineless and stupid. Can Amnest stop any American state from executing an offender who has being found guilty and sentenced to death by a competent court? Why cant Malawian leaders enforce the law? It is exactly because of this disregard for the law that Malawians are resorting to mob justice. Let us protect Alibinos they are human beings with souls and are loved by their families. If the state cannot deliver security citizens MUST AS A MATTER OF URGENCY MOBILISE THEMSELVES TO SECURE THEIR PROPERTIES AND LIVES.

  4. Mphwache says:

    AMalawi kodi ngati mafupa a Albino angakulemeretse, nanga mafupa a Mzungu ungalemere bwanji.

  5. john phiri says:

    The only better punishment for these people is death by hanging or stoning. Come to think of it? Death sentence is bad but these people killed. If we can hang these offenders the surely no one will do it again. People will be very scared.

  6. Steve says:

    ITS NOT THE ALBINOS THAT SHOULD BE WIPED OUT
    ITS ALL THE CROOKS IN GOVERNMENT!..

  7. Joliji says:

    Ndalama yakulisa iyi, ulenjetu basi aliyense. Kodi amapeleka ma US dollars? Ulimi wa fodya ukuchepelatu.

  8. sAMUEL says:

    Malawi is now becoming a lawless state. I blame to courts and media, they are very irrespossible hence mob justice looms, our laws impose death sentence for murder likewise the bible. Can somebody up there make an appeal to this nosense. This nosense must stop forthwith

  9. sincara says:

    17 years is for conspiracy to commit a felony and abducting in order to murder… these guys will also answer murder charges as murder cases are committed to the high court. Mr reporter please investigate before writing.

  10. koma abale inu eeh says:

    Our “God fearing” nation is slowly, but surely becoming a Satan loving one. These murders do NOT have a poverty component to them; rather they have their roots in cultural (nonsensical) beliefs.

    The Police are doing their part. The government (APM, Minister Mhango here, Akweni et al.) have spoken out vehemently against this atrocity, in the past too. But we have NOT heard a thing from the Opposition, MCP. … Ms Kabwila-Kapasula, where are you? Ditto for the minor parties, and members of Parliament. And NGOs? Where are they all?
    This is one human rights issue Malawians can be galvanized around! How about the religious leaders, the most God fearing people, in the most Good fearing nation – where are they hiding? Their silence is indeed deafening. Shame!
    And there must be an MP who represented some of these murdered individuals: Are politicians waiting for half of the albinos in Malawi to be murdered (GENOCIDE), before waking up from the slumber? Where is their conscience and morality? The fact that this issue has no financial gain (allowances) does NOT justify the lack of action.

    And, People! Do not blame the magistrate: his sentences have to be within the laws, as passed by Parliament. He/she cannot just dream up a sentence!!!! Pressure the politicians if you want longer sentences.
    Aaaaaaaaaaaa!

  11. GIFT CHIDZANJA says:

    EEEEEEISH MONLY 17 YEARS FOR MURDER!!!!THIS WILL NOT STOP.

  12. Active Soldier says:

    The judge must also being involved in this act if he was not drunk. How come. ……..? Fuck!!!!

  13. Thats bullshit!! Complete nosense only 17yrs? Why not life in prison? And that motherfuker called damison manyoni must face justice too or else mob justice will continue no mercy for killers

  14. Bweretsani mowa madzi tayani says:

    This is bulshit..!!!How can you give the mathafaka 17 fucken years for murder?In this fucken world where mathafakaz don’t give a fuck,sentences should get fucken hard.The judges fucked up the sentence,the mathafaka deserves death fucken penalty so that other mathafakaz should know that life ain’t a game or something that u will fucken have in world again.Fuck our judicial system and double fuck to the mathafaka/mathafakaz who are doing these mathafaken acts..!!!

  15. Theokoles says:

    This is total fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mob justice is just the right thing now. How can you give a muderer 17 years imprisonment? Fuck those judges who presided over the case! That’s a mockery to the family of the girl. Come on Malawi let’s give these devils a lesson and give them stiffer punishments.

  16. Kangamire Zowazowa says:

    God fearing nation – – – – -my ass!! All of you born agains are the ones bringing this bulshit about satism to compare your glorious angelic survation to a certain dark evil manipulator and peddler of death. You mother fuckers are stupid – I mean you Bashiri, Assemblies of Mother Fucking God, Prophet Mboro and every one else.

    There should be no leniency because stupid murderer claims Satan lured them into the act. 17 years for mother f@#$ing murder is a JOKE

  17. Phwisa says:

    But where is Damison Manyoni ? Malawi should now say one breakthrough has been made since the buyer of albino bones has for the first time been mentioned . He will reveal his friends in the business. Then its only when this Manyoni is killed that we can say the albinos are safe. Thanks Kachama

  18. mwanawamtonga says:

    17 yrs for killing a teenager. you judges are
    jokers. pliz be serious.

  19. Enawa says:

    In the day of judgment god will avenge for us amen

  20. task force says:

    PUNISHMENT NOT SUITABLE WITH THE DEGREE OF THE CASE. LIFE IMPRISONMENT IS ONLY CONVINIENT HERE. NOT A NUMBER OF YRS. OUR JUDGES,WHAT ARE U DOING? IS THERE ANY NEED OF CONSIDERING THE PLEA OF THIS MURDERER? KILLER? WIZARD? THIS IS BEING INCONSIDERATE. SUPPOSE THAT WAS UR SON,DAUGHTER, RELATIVE? WOULD U BE HAPPY WITH THE SENTENCE? JUDGES JACK UP & REVIEW THE LAWS ON THIS ISSUE. TO DODGE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, LIFE IMPRISONMENT IS BETTER TO ANY KILLER WHO PLANS TO KILL.

  21. Nyamakumutu says:

    This is a mockery to the justice of the people with Albinism. You mean murder case is as equal as 17 years. Do I not hear that it’s life imprisonment or death. You would have given him the maximum sentence of death.

  22. task force says:

    17 years not enough atleast 100 years

  23. mmmh says:

    God rebuke the one who sold her.

  24. Akuzike Ambuye says:

    Our Tax Money feeding a killer for 17 yrs? the one killed may be could be a doctor, murder case trials being done at such court ! pliz school me! God Help The Sinking Ship

  25. JP says:

    I can’t believe this judge just charged the suspect only 17 yrs. I was expecting death penalty! Shoukd have at least life in prison. PLEASE CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE THE DECEASED WAS IS YOUR DAUGHTER. ONE MAN FRIENDLY TAKES HER/HIM IN THE BUSH AND KILL HIM/HER. AND THAT DEATH DIDN’T HAPPEN AT ONE SHOT. THE SUSPECT HAD TO KEEP HAMMERING OR STAB THE VICTIM SEVERAL TIMES UNTIL THE VICTIM CAN’T HOLD LAST BREATH ANY LONGER. SUCH A TERRIBLE DEATH FOR YOUR SON/DAUGHTER.
    Now tell me. .. do you think this person doesn’t deserve to die? ? Come on people. No wonder there is a rise in mob justice as the national justice system can’t handle it any more. I rest me case! !!

  26. Mgwedu wa mano says:

    I hate this type of reporting! What is the reporter trying to communicate here? Mr I G, why were you having a special hearing when this maniac is already condemned? The way the reporter have presented this story, its as if he is encouraging people to keep killing people with albinoism. He is even challenging that we can becom rich frm MK50 mil up to MK1.1bil if we can kill albino people. Stop this kind of reporting, you are perpetuating people to kill

  27. Ghetto Spy says:

    Mr Damison Manyoni Snr Stays in area 49 / Dubai next to Gift of Hope Clinic..not Area 47 as it is written in this article.

    He spent most of his life ku Cobe Barracks…..He looks quit and serious…

    Nduna ya Amfumu a mayi Mulambala aku Dubai…..

    Sapanga chilichonse koma Kukhala pagate pake kuotha Dzuwa….

    Kenako nditchulanso mayina a ana ake kuti muziwathawa athu amenewa…..

    1. Damson Manyoni Jnr…
    2. James Manyoni.
    3. Chosa Manyoni.
    4. Ivy Manyoni.

    Munthu oyipa kwambiri……..

  28. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    This story is tasteless . . .

    What is the reporter trying to accomplish by telling us the promised sum to this evil man?
    . . . we should be cajored into the business?; seeing K1.1bn whenever we see an albino?
    . . . are you helping matters here? where this information is being told to people rated poorest in morals, thoughts and pockets?
    . . . Are you not glorifying evil by highlighting the benefits of the same? and little about the risk (jail term)? Could you not have done much justice to this country emphasizing the 17 yr jail-term this man is given?
    . . . What happened to responsible reporting?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Ze Roberto (nyasatimes commenter) once wrote; I quote and echo . . .
    . . . “More disheartening is the dead silence on the part of the president, the lawmakers, the judicary on this. As a country, we need . . . death sentence for those caught. . . .The perpetrators deserve nothing short of a death sentence.” . . .

    You see . . .
    . . . Regardless of amount of risk, as long as man is alive; he/she will take it. Thus, the only way to curb this malpractice is death sentence to anyone involved in this. Even kungonyamula fupalo.
    Otherwise . . .
    . . . if the ultimate punishment they can get is jail-time (where free food, shelter, soap, medication, water blankets, plasma TV e.t.c are offered in exchange for idle time); then Malawi is fighting a battle long-lost on the shores named lack of seriousness.

    APM please wake up, for once! Chakwera and all MPs, please do something sensible for once!
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  29. Bandit says:

    Lets use Kamuzu era Those who killed other people deliberately were sentenced to death, and Kamuzu never delayed to sign for death approval. Pliz courts and govenment we are losing lives of people let killers be killed as well so that when these killers are reduced in numbers, the remaining shall stop imagine if your loved ones are killed in this way

  30. Tidumbepo says:

    Murder attracting a penalty of 17 yrs. Was the case that the murder case or the murder case has not commenced. Does this court has jurisdiction to hear murder case?

  31. Achiwechetaga says:

    Why must a starving, poorest country be condemned to feeding killers for 17 long years? This judgement is unjust, unfair, irresponsible, criminal and retrogressive. The killers must be killed. Malawi needs cleansing. The judgement therefore reflects the failure of the judiciary system. Why should the law safeguard the life of killers in a state that fails to safeguard the life of the innocent.

  32. Yalakwa says:

    Ooooo, mpaka K 1.1 billion oky

  33. Josh says:

    What kind of bullshit is this (again)?? What is 17 years compared with the precious life of the deceased. Judiciary! judiciary! WHAT A MOCKERY OF JUSTICE!!!

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