Another ‘Nachipanti’ nabbed, villagers accuse cabinet ministe

There was pandemonium at Nkope village in Mangochi district early  Sunday when community members captured a young man who has been supernaturally breaking into people’s houses to sleep with women and girls while in their sleep.

Irate villagers beat up the young man, identified as 25-year-old Gift Bakali, before surrendering him to Monkey Bay Police Station, which is situated some eight kilometers away, on Sunday morning.

Nyasa Timesreporter who saw the almost naked suspect on Sunday morning as he was being taken to the police station in a public transport, a Toyota Hilux pick up, gathered that the accused has been entering in people’s homes in his quest of sexual pleasures with other peoples’ wives and girls for some years now.

Jooma: Accused of shielding a Mangochi 'Nachipanti'

The alleged highly-sexed young man hails from the same village which is in the area of T/A Nankumba in Mangochi district. Bakali’s face appeared in bad shape with several bruises and puffed-up head but remained calm as he was being taken to police by a group of people.

One of the villagers Yeremia Mchacha who captured the whole incident as it occurred told Nyasa Times, the accused has been terrorizing women and girls’ private parts with his malevolence acts for the past six years.

“He has been doing it for some six years now. Victims could only see him while getting out of their houses naked after sexually satisfying himself,” said Mchacha.

Mchacha further said Bakali has also been openly boasting to his peers that he was the only man to have slept with all beautiful women and girls of his choice in the village.

“He has been leaving his clothes outside the house, get in without breaking anywhere, fulfill his sexual desires and then get out in a similar manner. People knew him because in every house he has entered victims have been recognizing him when getting out,” he explained.

And last Saturday, Bakali’s supernatural powers seemed to have let him down after he was caught in a bedroom of the Chiwalos family in his birth suit. The bedroom belongs to a 13-year-old (name withheld) Standard eight girl at Majiga area in the village.

The alleged sex fanatic is reported to have entered the Chiwalos’ house at around 2am but misjudged the geography of the bedroom.

“He stepped on the girl’s leg as she slept on a mat. The girl then yelled thinking it was a thief and as her mother wanted to check what had happened to her daughter she bumped into a naked man. She too started screaming forcing the father to rush into the bedroom also to get his shock,” explained another eye witness known in the area as Mandela.

The wild noise then alerted some imbibers who were enjoying at a nearby beer joint who immediately rushed to the house only to find clothes of a man on its veranda.

After seeing the clothes, the vigilant young men then mobbed the house before they forced open the door to see what was happening.

“We were shocked to find Gift completely naked. We pinned him down, some people gave him a few dosages of punches before tying him with a rope,” he explained.

The group later took him to Nkope Health Centre for treatment. Medical personnel at the health facility also examined the 13-year-old girl and her mother to check if there was any vaginal penetration but the results were negative, according to the eye witness.

Monkey Bay Police officers allegedly failed to respond to the villagers’ call instead the angry community members had to contribute to personally transport the accused to the station.

Nyasa Times has learnt that this is the third time villagers in the area have arrested and surrendered Bakali to police for similar incidents.

However, during the two occasions police are alleged to have let the suspect free without charging him with any offence.

The man is alleged to have told friends that he cannot be imprisoned because he has links with people who matter in society and reports in the area indicate that police’s hands are tied because of political interference by the members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

“Some police officers have told our friends that they can’t do anything because he [Bakali] is protected by politicians. During the two first incidents, he was unconditionally released after an aide [name withheld] to our Member of Parliament Ralph Jooma ordered them to do so.

“This aide bonks Gift’s mother and that buys him freedom, everyone knows all that but we are blaming our parliamentarian because he is aware of all this and yet he is just mum when our mothers, wives, sisters, girlfriends are being humiliated like that,” complained one villager.

The legislator of the area Ralph Pachalo Jooma is Deputy Minister of Health in President Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

Meanwhile, villagers in the area have threatened to torch houses belonging to relatives of Bakali should police dare to free him again.

“People are angry with him and his family and should police let him free again we will deal with him ourselves… We will chase them away from this village and set ablaze their houses,” stated Mandela.

But a counselor for Group Village Headman Nkope said much as the incident has disturbed the community, he was personally against the idea of chasing the people away from the village and torching their houses.

“I have heard of people’s intentions to gang up and deal with the suspect and his relations but that is not the solution for solving the matter, I am sure we can find a better solution,” he told Nyasa Times at Nkope Bus Stage without giving an alternative.

“Again I am very optimistic that this time around police will act professionally by charging him accordingly and taking him to court of law.”

While refusing to comment on Bakali’s past evil acts, the counselor said: “I will not talk of the past. But I am against taking the law into their own hands, it is bad and we all know its consequences. So whether or not the police will free him I argue them not to do anything.”

The issue of Nachipanti came into the limelight in 2008 following the arrest of Jack Bandawe (christened Nachipanti) and accomplices in the populous Ndirande Township in Blantyre. The issue was linked to Satanism and a number of people lost their lives.

In November 2010, the High Court in Blantyre sentenced Bandawe to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering Shira Twalibu, 18 and her four-year-old nephew Lazaki Mpasa in a mission, he told the court, he was hired for K80 000 by an unknown people to suck blood from the two deceased people.

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