Malawi Police arrest teacher caught trying to selling albino girl for witchcraft

A Malawian teacher suspected of attempting to sell an albino schoolgirl for US$10,000 arrested Tuesday, police said, as the country battles to stop albino killings fuelled by superstition.

Albino rituals rising

Albinos facing attacks

Primary school teacher Phillip Ngulube was with the girl when he was arrested in the northern city of Mzuzu and has been charged with abduction with intent to murder, police spokesman Maurice Chapola told AFP.

Ngulube was “caught by police on his way to selling the girl to an alleged Tanzanian businessman for six million Kwacha ($10,000),” said Chapola, adding it was likely she would be killed for her body parts.

The suspect told police the high school student was his girlfriend.

Albinos have white skin and yellow hair, a result of an hereditary genetic disorder that causes the absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.

They are killed regularly in some African countries for their body parts – from genitals to bones – which are used in witchcraft rituals.

The plight of people with albinism has worsened in recent years, according to UN and police figures, with concerns that the October election in Tanzania this year will prompt more attacks as politicians seek luck at the ballot box.

A complete albino skeleton is said to be worth as much as $75,000, according to the Red Cross.

Since a surge of attacks against albinos in December, the UN estimates that nine have been killed in Malawi.

In June, Malawi launched a probe to establish the root causes of albino killings and identify who buys the body parts in the country and in neighbouring Tanzania and Mozambique.

The results of the probe have yet to be published.

Several Malawians are awaiting trial in connection with albino-related crimes, including killings, abductions and possession of albino bones

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50 thoughts on “Malawi Police arrest teacher caught trying to selling albino girl for witchcraft”

  1. The teacher must rot in jail fucking bullshit

  2. chimangenI says:

    @Mathanyulambuzi,Let me agree with u that u northeners ur blessed that’s why u go far with education and u r owning marshons.But let me tel u to ask the same one who blessed u to give northerners common sense and wisdom so that u may know that its better to develop north as ur home land not kutithela malo ku south and central.U educated people say that home is best but why is Blantyre bieng best for u not Nzimba or Rumphi? Do it fast since federism ur calling will cause chaos and the one to feel the most heat is “U”

  3. Dambudzo says:

    It started with the illiterate swahilis selling Albino parts and now is all over Malawi.With the current rate of economy in Malawi,the lives of our albino cousins is at peril.The govt should enough to curb this behaviour .

  4. Hendrix says:

    Alandire chilango chokwanira he must b sentenced to first degree murder this is rubbish how hungry Malawian are???? this is bullshit and wrong shame on him

  5. Chibp says:

    Teachers the Government is paying you a lot of money.So why indulge your self in abad business? Please wakeup.

  6. jimbo says:

    As I have said many times, the standard of education in Malawi is dreadful. When even teachers believe in this sort of nonsense, what hope is there for the ordinary villager? No wonder Africa is referred to as the ‘Third World’ when such ignorance prevails. Fancy suits and ties, cell phones, motor cars and TVs don’t signify education and intelligence. Perhaps the elite in Malawi, i.e. politicians, are not prepared to ban traditional healers and African medicine because they believe in them themselves.

  7. mathanyulambuzi says:

    Chancy Mpando @ 35 that’s why we need federalism. That’s y maina anu ndi azinthu zokhazokha, mpando nkukhala dzina? High illiteracy amongst u, u blame northerners, fucking ur own bloody mothers so u c pamene munatulukira, u blame anzanu. Is it northerners amati muzipezeka ku jando nkumalephera xul? Northerners be proud indeed cz midyomba ndi akhokhola sagona nanu tulo kkkkkkkkk!!!! All because God blessed northerners. For ur info, Balaka z topping de list wen it comes to slaughtering albinos n zigololo. Z Blk in north? Ask ur stupid toothless man u kol president.

  8. Kavuluvulu says:

    It is not Omo Sapiens,but Homo Sapiens,

  9. Malawians are vey easy people to copy other people,s bad behavior. The main reason is ignorance of science. If science were taught from primary schools many school children will tell their parents what a human being is. Especilly about gene. Many people in Africa believe in witchcraft. These Albinos are human with fresh and red blood. Unfortunately some people give birth to Albinos. U right the reason why some civilised Malawians dont want to return home is ignorance of our people. When they live in Europe they dont hear all these stories. One is ashamed. First time I saw this was a documentary about TZ. I never thought it will happen in Malawi where people call themselve Christians. Killing a person is murder. Human beings are not better than animals.

  10. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    #1, African Healers are part of an alternative power structure. If we had a truly ‘grass-roots’ local government system that worked, perhaps these con-men would apply their talents more constructively.

    I am curious to know how you distinguish an albino skeleton from any other skeleton! Is it whiter than white – ‘Omo Sapiens Sapiens?

  11. Max B says:

    Its not about atumbuka, pliz reason b4 you comment,its all over Malawi

  12. Yoooo thats bad they are humans .No mess to the killers

  13. Boma nalo la Malawi wochita bwino okhaokha woononga kuba, ufiti, malonda achamba, katangale,wa ndale cash-gate.Onse okhulupirika kugwira ntchito moonadi zero pa ten.No benefits in any career anthu angovutika ngati sanali patchito thats why usatanic ena mizimu yofooka akuchita izi.Tachitani improve anthu apa ntchito azioneka misonkho nayo chepesaniko chonde pogwira sipakuoneka.

  14. NDAFAKALE says:

    The corrupt judicial system contribute to increase of crime in Malawi. For instant in Karonga, Magistrate Chakaka Nyirenda has sentenced Paul Nyondo to only six months imprisonment when the Police patrolling at night arrested the culprit cutting MTL cables while the miximum sentence for this crime is 5 years. There are rumours in Karonga that there was corupt practices on this case. Everyone in Karonga knows Paul Nyonda about evil activities he has been doing in Karonga. This was evident by the number of people following his case. I hope someone from Judicialy should be checking the sentencing of cases for justification.

  15. kk says:

    Iwe reporter do you want to tell me that even Red Cross knows the Price? how?

  16. Chancy Mpando says:

    Atumbuka Atikwana Zochita Zawo Ationnngela Ndalama Awonongenso Albino Awone Polekela Ndiochepa Kwambiri Mdziko Muno

  17. kk says:

    Koma abale,mpaka kufuna kugulitsa wokondedwa wako are you serious?koma unphawi umenewu abaleeeee eish




  19. anale says:

    CHATONDA & CHEFOURPENCE, I don’t think you guys reason like civilized adults,you two are an example of what is wrong with this country,people like you ,just like,the suspect,Phillip ngulube need to be civilized,the albino hunting crap has not been confined to tumbukas as your bean sized brain is comprehending,its a country-wide problem,affecting even many African countries,and the author has clearly stated it up in here and you couldn’t grasp it? if you can’t grasp and comprehend this straightforward story,I don’t think there is any English comprehension test that you managed to pass during your school time-if you had any that is,I will forgive you two if you or your mothers confess that you were born with brain damage.

  20. Chinyanga says:

    I just try to figure this out how a normal human being with all five senses could think that way. whats the hell wrong with some dudes.? mxiee i really hate this act.

  21. vwapuvwapu says:

    Musambizi uyu wakhozga soni wanthu, ndiposo ndiwopenga kwambiri.
    Apolice msamsiye,

  22. Pjn says:

    Diso kwa diso basi

  23. Sindi says:

    Im no Tumbuka but these tribalistic comments are too much and backwards

  24. Martin Mtambo says:

    Iwe number 21 ndi 25,watch your mouths and learn to respect others.Are you trying to tell us that all the estimated 9 albinos were killed by tumbukas?Besides,are all those implicated and convicted in connection to cashgate tumbukas?Love your country,love all your countrymen.I’ll not talk bad of any tribe as i realise that we are one Malawi and we need to respect and love one another if this country is to develop.Hatred,malice,tribalism,jealousy and eny will take us nowhere you two gentlemen.God bless our beautiful Malawi.

  25. Mabodza says:

    I agree with u #1 (x large). These traditional wizards they r ones promoting thieves not to be caught

  26. mpala kumatako says:

    atumbuka ndalama za cashgate munadya pano mwayamba kudya na Albino sichoncho?? anthu oyipa inu

  27. womenslib says:

    What a disgusting evil pig. He should get a stiff sentence. i can’t imagine the horror the poor girl went through. The government needs to give stiffer penalties for these backward villagers commiting these crimes. I am sick with sadness.

  28. anthonymous says:


  29. George says:

    Opha mnzache aphedweso. Dispite kuti wagwidwa koma anapanga plan wopha munthu May his Soul rest in peace, ingophani ameneyo

  30. tumbuka says:

    Atumbuka mwanyanya….cashgate,albino gate

  31. chimbwititi says:

    a police anthu amalandila ziphuphu kuti asafuvuze bwino maumbon zimene zimachitisa kuti ma jaji alephele kupeleka chilango chonkhwima kwa agaluwa.inuso anyasa muzitiuza bwino mwamvemve khanizi osati mwachidule chonchi.

  32. Zakeyo says:

    A country full of savage, illiterate and daft people!! I really hate being Malawian. If I had a choice, I would have certainly NOT chosen to be a Nyasa!! We are a very pathetic lot!! Apart from Saulos Chilima, the rest of our leaders are cockroaches!! All key institutions that are vital for good governance are led by people of low professional integrity and they are politically influenced. We are all stuffed!!

  33. Jimuni says:

    Can the police file this case at Magistrate Viva Nyimba’s chambers please!! Nyimba will most likely mete a deserved punishment

  34. Jimuni says:

    I wish he made the offer to me. Ndi ku police komwe sakanakuwona!!! You cant do that to a fellow hunan being and sadly, as a teacher, our children look up to him, so what does he teach them as a role model apart from the school syllabus??

    Such an inhuman idiot

  35. chefourpence says:

    koma aTumbukaaa! Cashgate! Tribalism! Nepotism! Albini-marketism! Very evil!

  36. Honest says:

    Stupid reporting. Is he the only Phillip Ngulube on this planet, such that by your mentioning of him then we have known that he is such such and from such such a place, teaching at chakuti chakuti school. Mxii

  37. musisipala says:

    This teacher deserves a stiffer sentence.

  38. Wendewende says:

    This is very inhuman. Why this barbaric life? How i wish, this must man be sentenced to life imprisonment so that this should send alarming bell to those who want to behave likewise. Let us ever accept that we are poor but let us never accept to be influenced by evil ideas.

  39. swakansweke says:

    Jesus come quickly

  40. Kereke says:

    This Teacher Who Wanted To Sell Albino Should Be Punished Accordingly

  41. chefourpence says:

    koma atumbukaaa! Mwaonjezza: cashgate! Synod wrangles! Federalism! Suicide! Rape! Slavery! Tribalism! Nepotism! Satanism! Albino-marketism!

  42. anadimba says:

    ameneyo musamusiye choncho eeeeee

  43. mada says:

    Malawi is not safe anymore shame on you teacher, l want this teacher to die in jail please.

  44. Shushe says:

    Please our reporters. Try to report these issues in a way that can not put our beloved fellows in further danger. E.g by saying a complete skelton is $75000 is like telling desperate vampires to hunt fo the blood of our fellows. Plz change.

  45. chatonda says:

    Anamachero tsopano. You cheated to be a lover while you wanted to trick the girl and sell her/ Abale ake a Mzomera Ngwira amenewa. Very confused fellows who are bent on cruelty and killing. Nepotism and kwiba wa Nganya imwe mwaonjeza nakugulisya Chamba. Dirty ethnic group that has no future in Malawi. You will be under us forever. You are cursed.

  46. Bingo says:

    mphunzitsi woipa..opanda chikondi

  47. chatonda says:

    Why not castrate the perpetrators because mostly they are men and not women? We need stiffer punishements and not what we are hearing from the courts in mALAWI WHERE THESE UNEDUCATED MAGISTRATES JUST WAKE UP FROM THEIR BEER HALLS AND PRESIDE OVER SUCH HUMAN KILLING CASES AS IF IT IS ABOUT A STOLEN CHICKEN’S CASE.

  48. Prodigalson says:

    Tizikwanisidwa ndi zomwe tili nazo.

  49. zoona says:

    These are scary levels of backwardness that we Africans have slided back to,I think this is the reason civilized people are finding problems to live in africa,this century and humans are still selling each other? Tanzania without alitle bit of natural resources could have been a pathetic country just like Mozambique,their belief in rituals and magic irritates me,just like their unimaginably high illiteracy levels,malawians lets burn to ashes all deviant malawians who want to get rich via this inhuman way,lets mount a fierce war against them,

  50. x large says:

    Why is this government just doing nothing about all this atrocity made to our dear friends?? Please government, ban all traditional healers as they are the ones fueling this barbaric cruelty. Why should our brothers and sisters live in fear?? Inu, what type of ignorance and naivety is this that we should believe that one can get rich from playing around with body parts of a person lacking skin pigment?? Can’t someone think?? Africans, people around the world are laughing at you, you are really embarrassing us you savages. Malawi Government, please ban all traditional healers, they are all useless bastards, believe me. Once you do that, hang anyone found doing that stupid thing of hunting our brothers and sisters

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