Malawi Police in Phalombe district have finally arrested a 29-year-old man, Lawo Sambani accused of masterminding the brutal attack on a 17-year-old boy with albinism last month.
Sambani’s capture comes barely a week after the arrest of his accomplices Kingstone Mtiye, Mose Phillipo and Aubrey Maudedi. The three confessed to the law-enforcers to have brutally hacked the
victim, Alfred Chikalo on November 29th.
Phalombe police Public Relations Officer, Augustus Nkhwazi told Nyasa Times that Sambani was captured on Sunday December 13th in Rumphi district after been on the run for two weeks.
“He is believed to be the master minder of the plot, and he fled after the failed attempt to kill the victim. He was arrested by Police in Rumphi where he was hiding. This brings the number of those arrested to four,” explained Nkhwazi.
Sambani’s accomplices are currently remanded to Mulanje Prison as police are finalizing their investigations.
The four will appear before court soon to answer charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Attempted Murder contrary to Sections 227 and 223 of the Penal Code respectively.
Sambani hails from Mkhawa village, T/A Jenala in Phalombe.
On November 29th, together with his accomplices, Sambani nearly killed Alfred Chikalo with intent to sell his body parts. Mtiye, Phillipo and Maudedi told the police they conspired to kill Chikalo in order to get his bones which they had planned to sell in Rumphi district.
It was well wishers who rescued Chikalo from the hands of the attackers-who broke into his hut while he was fast asleep-after he screamed for help.
Chikalo sustained deep stab wounds in the head, both arms and on the upper part of left leg. He was rushed to Phalombe Health Centre by police officers who found him in pool of blood.
He was thereafter referred to Holly Family Mission Hospital for treatment. He was discharged two weeks ago.
Malawi, this year, has recorded more cases of gruesome attacks on people with albinism.
Body parts of albinos are mistakenly believed to bring wealth in some African countries including Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :