Mob burns 7 to death in Nsanje over human bones – Malawi Police

An angry mob in Nsanje district on Tuesday attacked and burnt to death seven people for allegedly being in possession of human bones, police have confirmed.

Brutal murder: Burned to death in Nsanje

Brutal murder: Burned to death in Nsanje

The incident happened in area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Tengani.

Nsanje police Officer-In-Charge (OC) Kirby Kaunga told the local media the mob attacked the deceased before setting them on fire after some villagers had claimed that they were carrying bones of a human being.

”We have not yet made any arrest. We are currently investigating the matter,” Kaunga said.

Trading in human body parts is illegal in Malawi and punishable under Section 16 of the Anatomy Act.

Recently there has been an increase in the cases of human body parts trade. The victims, mostly, have been people with albinism.

A lucrative black market exists for the body parts of albinos, who are believed by some to possess magical powers that can bring good luck.

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74 thoughts on “Mob burns 7 to death in Nsanje over human bones – Malawi Police”

  1. tonka says:

    awachitabwino anthu amenewa ndizisilu anthu ena atengelepo phunzilo

  2. Sizzle says:

    These thugs should be put to death “aziwapha ndiye bwino umbanda uchepe” albinos are living in fear death penalties should act on those found

  3. Faint hearted says:

    The problem of mob justice is that evidence is erased. The torched persons, if they were apprehended, would have revealed the source of bones, where they were taking them to (buyers, witches or wizards).

    Some of the people who were involved in the mob justice, you never know, may be accomplices in human parts deals who did not want to be identified.

  4. gospel says:

    if u live violently you will die violently so they just deserve it..

  5. GADA says:

    UNACHEPA MOTO. AKANAPSERERA NGATI PHULUSA.

  6. alex says:

    They deserve that. Ndikanakhlako one kunali kudula nthulinthuli. Iwenso amene ukungokomenta usanawelenge . u supposed to b d next on line. Mmene anaphela azinzawo they supposed to b killed alike evin worse than that. Palibe nkhani APA. M hap with these guys from nsanje.

  7. markmarkc says:

    Wandu amenewa awachita bwino.Iwowa avupa awandu akuva anawapesa kuti?Wandu wamenewa wamakala ndi ng’ona!Wakapume bazi!

  8. bristol says:

    These people who trade in human bones and parts are inhumane and deserve inhumane mob justice. The police should not arrest the suspects because these people were evil. It is good that the population of evil people has decreased by 7 in one moment. If the entire society in Malawi deal with evil indulging in thefts, robberies, human bones and murder this way, people will be thinking twice before committing such crimes

    Let’s explore some reasons why people are engaged in mob justice. according to my opinion, some of the reasons are: Police indeed arrest these people but within 48 hours or thereafter, they are given bail and are back to the society. These people are a security risk to the people who apprehended them (deal recklessly with them) and the entire society because still they engage in criminal activities. Secondly, these people may bride the police and are left free without any court sentence. Secondly, court out lenient sentences as already observed by other people under this story.

  9. stevenmaruwo says:

    Mwaitha guyz nawo akapume

  10. Yaaaaa says:

    Nose amene mukuti athuwo alakwa mapanga nawo business yo ndipo pantumbo paa manu ponukhapo paa sete. Usi ungafuke popanda moto? Maganiza mopusa bwanji ? Nsanje mob mooooooooo fire

  11. Chidyamfiti says:

    That’s good social lesson.Our laws are so manipulated that those these killers do it knowingly well in advance that they will nor bitten hard by the law.The pauper of this land have nobody to defend not even the police, by the way the police are the muddle men now the informants, the colloborators of robbers thugs murders and corrupt practioners.Keep up poor man. Defend yourself.Law makers have tailooered the laws to for their goaks making the law a protective jacket them but fro the poor man its a banter fir him.How sufferings is the poor person undergoing:cadhfate,hunger,insecurity,pennilessness,drug shortages soaring prices of goods.Who has caused all this?Is it poor man?Shame on all of you who hide behind the sketchy laws as you might be one of the hunters if poor man.There is no sin here. Its society cleansing.Braving poor man!
    ,

  12. Mmalawi otopa says:

    sibwino kuyankhula zambiri pazimene suku zidziwa anthu angokhala ndimikwiyo yosatha.

  13. Chikondi Chikalimba says:

    Absolute tragedy!

  14. Gundumulani says:

    Kupha ndi chimp pamaso pa Mulungu. Mulape mwachimwa pamaso pa Mulungu ndi one nemwe.

  15. Jimbo says:

    Transporting those bodies in that manner – just thrown into the back of a pick-up – is absolutely disgraceful!! Don’t the police have body bags to transport the corpses with respect to the nearest morgue? Poor Malawi, it has sunk so low. Killing people like this on the basis of a mere rumour. The country is going back to the dark ages before it was civilized. In fact civilization in Malawi is only skin deep. Scratch the surface and many Malawians are savages.

  16. Magie jere says:

    Gwira bango inu ma gay inu,nanunso muona zomwezi ndinthu,amalawi sakufuna zibwana awa

  17. Ziwalozo ndiye ziri kuti?

  18. staighttalk says:

    this is a good treatment — why were they found with human bones. if they were to go to police, akanatuluka within no time

  19. Kambanizanzeruinu!!! says:

    Khalidewe lophana chisawawa ngati limeneli amalawi mudzadzipalamulira imfa zosakhwima pathupi lanu and abale anu, ndithuu! Kuputa themberero kumeneku za zii!! Osawasiya akafere mndende bwanji! Mpaka saizi imeneyi, abale!!

  20. Kambanizanzeruinu!!! says:

    On the face of it, zikuoneka ngati zachitika ku Nsanjezi ndizabwino, koma amalawi anzanga zinazi nzofuna tisiye lamulo lidzigwire ntchito yake. Chingachitike ndichani atati anthuwo olo ena mwaiwo aphedwa osalakwa? Inde, apolisi angathe kunenedwa kuti amakonda kutaya anthu oterewo osayimbidwa mulandu; koma mukudziwa kuti zinthu zochitika zamchibisibisi ngati zimenezi oro ufiti olo satanism ndizovuto kuweruza mothamangira chonchi? Mwachitsanzo, ufiti anthu amatha kusambira anzawo; ana akamanyamulidwa nkumawona ngati ndinu mukuwerenganu pomwe musali inu! Zachitika ku Nsanjezi nzolakwika zedi zosafunika kuti zipitilire. Moyo wa anthu ukhala pachiswe tikamawombera m’manja zoterezi. Mawa nkudzakha inu ndi ine woweruzidwa mbali yanu asanaimve.

  21. Tanishaxander wa a Sirccre says:

    Lets not be much alarmed Malawians. This cmply shows that the son of the lvn God is about to come. Shedn of blood is one of the signs of the end of the world.

  22. marketer says:

    If these guys indeed had the human bones with them, they deserve this punishment. Stupid, I saw an albino kid that survivied attack in Machinga, it was horrible. These people are evil!!! Their bones should flood the market to rudece price and demand of the innocent.

  23. cidreck muyaya says:

    moyo kunyenga gyz, aliense amene amaetselera kuzinthu zoipa, kumaganiza kut salandila chilango, akuzinyenga okha, anthu anatopa pano.

  24. Mr Liwonde says:

    our courts should look onto all these cases becoz it looks that peoples trust in the courts rulings are now fedup how can aperson charged afine of K20 000 for being found with human parts nosense

  25. wechete says:

    Good good Atsala afiti awotchedwe akuzolowera kwambiri

  26. Likoma Jiko says:

    Malawians might have decided to be carrying out these mob justices after being frustrated so many times by the police service.
    The public anger is immense when the offenders walk Scotland free despite all the overwhelming evidence.
    The house should be called to order at the police.

  27. His Excellence the Life President Wolemekedzeka Mkango Lion Chivomerezi Chisokonezo Artillery ArchMissile Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    This is justice. I thing mafupa awo nawonso agulitsidwe, shit

  28. Truck says:

    KU MALAWI WACHULUKA MA EVIL SPIRIT PEOPLE THATS WHY THERE IS LOTS OF CALAMITIES

  29. MyMalawi says:

    We are a really sorry nation. If people that are supposed to be educated (at least if somebody is able to access internet) then be thinking that mob INjustice is the best way, then mavuto alipo. How do you think you will differentiate a mere claim to reality within minutes/seconds of the claim being made. The main reason we need proper systems is not to allow jealousy people putting others into problems where sanalakwe. Civilised societies say: ‘It’s better to have 99 guilty people not killed than to kill one innocent person because his life matters

  30. mjiba says:

    This grossly inhuman act shows how low Malawi as a society has sunk. There is no rule of law. Period. Government should seriously invest in the Police, how can they carry corpses like that? the people died in an inhumane way and transported the same. Kamuzu should be turning and crying in his grave. The people of Nsanje he found them naked, throughout the years the people of Nsanje have managed to buy clothes for their bodies, but the nakedness persists in their minds. shame on you.

  31. Ambrosi says:

    we have no power ourserf to kell,untll police can entevia.mps

    1. Nahawa says:

      What can We do yet they did it already.;-(.

  32. This peopre idon,t no what should isay to our offecers?Should we punish ourserf,im not admere them but,untll burn.offecers,look after this things.bornes is bornes we don,t no their ways of geting that borns,untll you have equere to themserf.is bater to arrest msted of kelling by burning with fere,REV.

  33. cephas zaoneka says:

    An eye for an eye at its best, may be this will reduce the evil trade people are engaging, bravo Nsanje.
    CERIZA

  34. kefac ndeleman.>>>Mbiza mulanje says:

    Diso kulipa Diso!!!!! akapezka aphedwe,apolisi kuno ku nyasaland samatithandza mwachangu. Kod investgation imakhala mpak wik pamene anthu akusowa mtendele??.Congratulation pple in nsanje 4 burnin dem.Akapezekanso ena!co mi on#0885507063.Ndiza burn nawo,kod akanakhala ogulitsa chamba mukanadikira kut mufufuze kaye b4 arrestin dem??

  35. nalikonkhwilo says:

    for as long as they were in possession of human bones, whether theirs or transporting them between client and suppliers wat eva….awachita bwino.

  36. Dziko lathu linasiya kuopa Mulungu ndipo malamulo a Mulungu tili nawo kutali nchifukwa chake aliyense akupanga zofuna zake. Tisadabwe ndimomwe zimakhalira anthu akapandukira Mulungu. This is just an introduction to mavuto.

  37. Funzo says:

    I’ve said it before and others have said it here: you should not publish such pictures.

    Had these people come beforevthe courts it would not doubt be found that some were more guilty than others, if indeed the bones were human. None deserved such treatment. Innocent until proven guilty, except in Malawi and some other dangerous countries.

  38. titi fo tat says:

    big up

  39. Wa nkhata says:

    I think Dodoli its you who needs deliverance not the nation, think if it were you or your relatives being murdered coz somebody out there doesnt want to work and but need fast cash. If you can mention God, then am sure you rily need to ask Him to deliver you and He will do that , dat you should have LOVE

  40. Nelson says:

    okupha mnzake nayenso aphedwe otherwise boma likuyenera kuchitapo kanthu bcz geni imeneyi anthu ayionelera ndie ndiofunika azilandila chilango chokhwima

  41. 2016 welcome says:

    Much as mob justice is not the best option, there are some factors that make society lose trust in the judicial system. Look, here is a nation where killing of albinos is rampant but the head of state doesn’t seem to wake up from his hibernation . Moreover here is the judiciary whose granting of bail to hardcore criminals leaves any law abiding citizen with no hope.

  42. This is insanely gross to see.

  43. This is INSANELY gross

  44. Wa BB says:

    Dodoli you are an idiot. Iweyo you mean mpaka pano sungathe kusiyanitsa mafupa a munthu ndi anyama. Zikukuwawa because you are one of those fools doing the same business. How were you going to take it if they were your father’s bones? Malamulowatu osamangowatengera pokhalira GARU IWE ETI.

  45. Feyo says:

    You don’t need to argue or insult, end times are here to stay, look sanje has not received for 2 months now.

  46. mlowe man says:

    Tiyeni tithane nawo anthu oteleli wa. Wakusausa dziko. No mercy on this . Mob justice should be legalized kkkkkkk. This will reduce congestion in prizon.

  47. mzungumbuli says:

    I salute these angry mob. and I advise the authorities there in Nsanje to deal with any Police officer who may intend to come there and arrest some of you guys. We are tired of these ruthless Albino hunters. You have set a very good example to the Nation, keep it up Nsanje !!!!! Other districts should borrow a leaf from Nsanje.

  48. William Mzunga says:

    A Human Rights akuti mob justice imene anthu aku Nsanje apanga ndiyoipa iri ndibodza kodi ufulu udzikhala kwa zigawenga basi nanga anafedwa alibe ufulu wa abale awo kuti mizimu yakufayo 8wuse ndi mtendere? anthu awa akupha ena kufukula manda kufuna mafupa naonse amphedwe basi

  49. Taels says:

    Thats total madness, very unfair, imagine mutakhala inu!

  50. Chomene says:

    Bola taonabe, iwowo ngati amadula ziwalo za anzawo, nawonso zawo zayenda pamtunda. The heartle ss people being melted with heartless jungle justice, kumeneko ndiye kubwera anthu a ku Nsanje! Other districts, learn frm there!

  51. Dodoli says:

    A back-ward dark-ages nation ruled by dark-ages leaders who can not inspire people to modernity. Lawless thugs believing too much in witch-craft. How did they know those were human bones. It is only court through medical doctors / anatomists who could have established that after arrest. A sick nation indeed requiring deliverance, yet you call yourselves a God-fearing nation. Makape from top to bottom

    1. November Rain says:

      Ngati pali kape mapeto nde ndi iweyo. You mean you cant tell whether or not some bone is human or not? Vuto lothawa sukulu ndi limeneli. Dont assume that because you are ignorant, everybody else is ignorant. Go to school and get some learNing! You will not need the medical doctor or whoever to tell you what a human bone is. Useless!

  52. Joe says:

    Is it not possible to simply inform relevant authorities to deal with the matter rather than taking the law into our own hands ?

    1. The Analyst says:

      O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
      Which relevant authorities are you talking about? The ones that give the comedy of sentences?
      Wake up dude! Where the relevant authorities (how-so-ever you define them) fail; we the people, are the relevant authorities and these bastards got what they deserve.
      And whoever, engages him/herself in this trade, deseves this! If you are one of them, take heed!
      O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  53. gerald mhango says:

    where is the warm heart of africa?

  54. kamwendojj says:

    Where are the bones.? Onse 7 anali ndi zifupa is this true. Wumbuliwakula ku Malawi.Government should come up with strict Mob laws.

  55. Tt says:

    Why is it god fearing people can do this, but we atheist we living in peaceful societies? Why sell bones, something is wrong with you religious morons (people who prefer to faith than evidence)

  56. dalitso says:

    To begin with a reporter of this article needs more awareness of understanding the importance of warning people of such pictures. How could you do such kind of work? Where are your ethical reasoning? Secondly Malawi is seating on a time bomb. We have lots of mental issues and no one in government is bothered about all these. When people begin to take laws into their hands, it is an indication that they have lost trust in government. No two wrongs make it right. It is a pity that our had working police experience such gruesome experience. They are exposed to unhealthy environment and are at risk of getting affected in health wise. Would you judge police wrongly when they use terror to discipline citizens? This guy’s are exposed to worse scenarios and no wonder they act as crazy police at some stages. These people were supposed to answer the case on court and nobody is above the law. Now when they are found they will regret as many acted not in their own senses.sad.

  57. Chilungamo chake ndiye chimenecho basi, opezeka ndi mafupa awanthu awotchedwe.

  58. Antonio says:

    Vuto la nsena ndi mmang’anja umbuli ndi nkhanza za ku mozambiki. Zomwe apangazi zikhoza kumawoneka za bwino koma mwina anthuwo akuwanamizila kuti anali ndi mafupa. Mchifukwa chake a sena sangalamulire dziko lino, umbuli ndi nkhaza za mbuya wanu Chakuamba. Anthu osakondana inu kkkkkkkkkk

  59. APM says:

    nchiani kodi amalawi??? tsoka mtundu wanga

  60. WAMISALA says:

    DO THE SAME
    TO MVULA AND GOMBWA
    AND CASH GATERS PLEASE !!!

  61. Akuzike says:

    Last month ,wogenda chifanizo cha president 5 years and wopezeka ndi mafupa amunthu(mwinaso anapha munthuyo iwo) 4 years, chilungamo sichikuonekapo apa manje wanthu apa wawonapo kuti waweluze wekaweka kairi mwaona apaka!

  62. Mbuye mudzaweru anthu tikungophana ngati agalu. Dziko ilo lapita basi

  63. Hameed wasiya says:

    This is inhumane

  64. CHimera says:

    Malawian are turning into animals indeed. How can we do this to fellow human beings?
    Of course it is a way of venting the economic and political frustrations!! Something is not right in our society.

  65. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    Depending on whether you are an albino-bone dealer/trader or not; arguably, for once something good has come out of some things called Asena . . .

    “Kill one, to warn a hundred.” – Chinese Proverb
    This is what I and other well-meaning Malawians have for so long, been waiting.

    Some quick statistics:
    . . . The three men found in possession of albino bones in Karonga were charged with graveyard trespassing hence given a K20,000 fine or 3 month-jail term in default.
    . . . The two men who killed an albino and harvested his bones in Machinga were given a 3.5 year-jail term.
    . . . Some guys in Mulanje who hacked an albino boy to near-death were to be charged with unlawful wounding as per the Police PRO.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Now . . .
    . . . Is our justice system just, with such comedy of charges hence sentences to perpetrators?
    . . . Are we sure that people (the wronged) are satisfied that the perpetrators are being made to pay a proportionate price for their weird manners?
    . . . Are we surprised therefore that people are angry at the Malawi’s justice system’s inability to give out justice; and thus resort to this jungle-justice; and will likely continue to to do so, as long as the injustice system continues to be such?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    The Malawi Law Society, Parliament and the Professor of law himself, are just as useless as they came; thus cant see the need to take a practical en masse review of the country’s laws so that such people as those dealing in albino bones, balls, clits and tits or whatever; should be punished severely; even with death verdicts.

    Anthu oipa kwambiri amenewa. They deserve this, and maybe even more than this by killing them even more i.e cutting them into peaces! Bravo to Nsanje people.
    “As we sin, so do we suffer.” It is as simple as difficult as that. Asa! Anthu oyipa kwabasi! Mxiiii!!!
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  66. Chikopa says:

    Being at the back of police car could be scary as the vehicles are used to carry horrible things. District councils should consider buying body bags as it is inhumane to carry the dead as if they are carcasses of goats or cow. Please please!

  67. voice from above says:

    the end of times………..kodi anthuwa ndi azibambo okha okha?

  68. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Koma police yaku Malawi ndiyonvetsa chisoni they don’t even have body bags. Kuteroko mawa lino galimoto asanjikizamo mitemboyi akhala akunyamulilamo ufa kuchokera kuchigayo.

  69. Observer says:

    Please follow ethics of journalism when posting photos on your stories. Dead bodies like these are sure you’re portraying a good image of your paper and the country? Think twice, this is dehumanizing and very improper.

  70. Observer says:

    It’s dehumanizing and lack of moral ethics in journalism by providing pictures of died people on an online news.
    Where’s your ethics, this is poverty thinking at its best.
    Longosokani nyasa times phunzilani kupeleka ulemu.

  71. WONGAN PHIRI says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh ……… You people this shud be stupid ok ? Its not human bones eehh its ziwalo zomwezi izi inu Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

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