Criminal gang tamper with albino grave in Balaka

Police at Balaka in eastern Malawi are hunting for unknown criminals who have tampered with the albino grave in the district.

Albino grave tampered with
Albino grave tampered with

Balaka Police Publicist Joseph Sauka said the incident happened during the night of 14th and 15th January 2016 at Mwawa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Amidu in the same district.

Sauka said the matter was reported to police by the mother of the deceased whose body was burried 20 metres away from the mothers home.

Mrs Hadija Salimu, 38 who is a mother to the deceased said her son White Salimu 22 who was an albino died on 23rd March, 2015 after suffering from skin cancer .

“We feared that if buried at the village grave yard which is almost a kilometer away, his body could have been stolen,” she said.

However despite this, people were surprised to find that the grave was tampered with and they reported the matter to Police after suspecting that the body was stolen.

After receiving the report, Police rushed to the scene and with the help of the villagers they dug the grave again and fortunately the body was found intact.

“After receiving the report, police rushed to the scene and with help from the villagers, they dug the grave again and fortunately the body was found intact” said Sauka.

Meanwhile the Officer In-charge Balaka Police Station Mr Benfrey Kamanga is appealing to the general public to be alert and report anyone who is suspected to be involved in albino attacks to Police.

Early last year another albino was rescued in the district after unknown criminals attacked him in his house.

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