Mastermind of Albino attack arrested – Malawi Police

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.

The attacked boy

The attacked boy

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.

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18 thoughts on “Mastermind of Albino attack arrested – Malawi Police”

  1. munyalAzi says:

    anthu oipa inu muphenonso iyeo agalu kodi munthu otani iwe?

  2. George Allan Kamanga says:

    Thats bad “GOD HELP US”

  3. Misheck sibande kaitano says:

    ZIKUNDIMVESA CHISONI KWAMBIRI.ALIYENSE OFUNA KUPHA ALBINO AKAPHEDWE

  4. Mato says:

    Chonde ndi anthu amenewo ngati wina aliyense.

  5. Anti tCl says:

    Kill the criminals. Adazachitenso wena.

  6. Eye Witness says:

    Molomwetu uyu

  7. Kaya Phiri says:

    Zachilendo izi ngati nkhani za may gay zikukambidwazi.

  8. tonde says:

    Well done Rumphi and Phalombe Police. Keep it up.

  9. FootSoldier says:

    The solution is to ban or make unlawful “anything to do with usi;g’anga’ like they have done in Tanzania because this what is fueling these murderous acts! All those who believe in ‘ufiti’ and ‘sing’anga’s’ should hold themselves responsible for these senseless acts!

  10. David Burton says:

    We need to revise our laws,when one is found guilty his or her Lawyer should be guilty of trying to help a criminal evade justice.

  11. The Analyst says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    . . . Remember how many years the guys in Machinga were slapped with, for wanting to harvest a live albino’s esophagus? 2.5 years! Remember the punishment given to the Karonga guys who wanted to abduct an albino boy? 20 pin fine! Basi!
    . . . In all fairness, who would be intimidated with such comedy of punishments? Are we surprised this act is still on the rise? We shouldn’t be!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    “Kill one to warn a hundred.” – Chinese Proverb
    . . . If this wholesale punishment is done twice, we shall clearly see a significant decline in these diabolical acts of killing or abducting albinos. Otherwise trivial retail punishments have never worked for Malawi.
    . . . If Timothy Mtambo and colleagues speak against it, we will forgive their madness for we already know they are mad. But the proverb has served the Chinese very well. More so, it is economically more efficient, besides its effectiveness.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    . . . But sad is to see some lawyer organising his balls from left to right and vice versa, representing these devils in court in the name of justice; even when the culprits are caught in fraglante delicto or confess to have committed the crime. Yet if you pay them a visit on Friday, Sat or Sun; you wont find them home for they are gone for prayers. What a deceitful life this is.
    . . . Lawyers need to know that one’s morality is far important than the greed or love for money. It is possible to make money without having to sell off one’s morality or integrity.
    . . . There is no justice for evil men. In Africa, violence is met with violence. Simple! Lets take this as an opportunity to do away with these evil men and acts! Otherwise, we are fighting a losing battle!
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  12. ernesto chequevara says:

    Heavy penalties for these stupid Ruffians. Call a spade by its name by sending them to Prison for the whole of their LIVES, period.

  13. ananveruwa akwa nkumba says:

    ndiye atuluke oky adibwa matumbo ndi manyi amene

  14. Tk says:

    Who regulates the posting of the Pictures on Nyasa Times, surely the articles should post some warning that it carries graphic content not suitable for children as far as am aware there is no another check and balance to verify who actually accesses your articles. Some of the pictures are very disturbing.

  15. Makola kwalimwe says:

    50 yrs each ,with hard labour.

  16. Namlomo says:

    Akangoyerekeza kuwatulutsa pa bail zivuta mbali zonse zonse

  17. Nachisale says:

    asatuluke amenewo tiwakazinga

  18. The Most Concerned says:

    Ndiye atuluke pa Bail. Tiotcha Police yaku Phalombe.

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