Weeks after Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera dared that once voted into power, he will end the abductions and killings of persons with albinism within a month, his personal guard has been arrested for attempting to sell albino bones and a human uterus.
Dekhani Kamphamtengo, 41, from Kasinje village in the area of chief Kalumbu, Lilongwe was arrested on 20 March in what unfolds like a Hollywood movie.
According to a police report seen by Nyasa Times, Kaphamtengo approached someone that he was looking for a buyer of albino human parts. But the person instead tipped police believing that he would receive the K5 million government reward which President Peter Mutharika announced.
“They agreed to meet the suspect at city centre Golden Peacock Hotel with the officers who posed as buyers and offered to buy the said human tissues at K5 million,” reads the confidential police situation report dated March 27, 2019.
However, according to the report, the Police officers who posed as buyers did not find the alleged body parts when they went to the house of the suspect after arresting him.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the arrest adding that the suspect works as a security guard at Chakwera’s Area 10 residence according to the recorded statement.
Chakwera recently has challenged President Peter Mutharika to put an end to killings and abductions of persons with albinism in the country.
Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to 152, including 25 murders and more than 10 people missing, according to Association of People with Albinism (Apam).
As part of the National Action Plan (NAP) to protect those living with albinism, government is on a crackdown on perpetrators and according to police sources, more arrests are looming.