‘Human private parts’ suspects at risk of mob justice

Hearing of the case on the trade of human private parts has been has transferred to Lilongwe after an angry mob threatened to cause commotion if the case was heard in Salima.

Samson Banda allegedly removed the private parts of one 45 year old Amidu Amini and offered them for sale to Mrs. Rosemary Nkhoma at a price of K100,000 and then reduced to K60,000.

On Wednesday morning, Nkhoma and her co-accused Banda were each conditionally granted a K250 000 court bails by First Grade magistrate, Ester Phiri.

The mob baying for the blood of private parts traders

The magistrate also ordered the suspects to surrender their passports, and report to a nearest police station every Friday.

The two have been charged with an offense of causing grievous harm and being found in possession of human private parts.

The magistrate had to travel from Salima to Lilongwe to preside over the case as which has raised tempers of locals bent on dispensing mob justice on the suspects.

Last week, an angry mob destroyed and looted Nkhoma’s property in Salima.

The case was adjourned to be continued on April 24 2012.

Stories of human private parts trading, common in some parts of Malawi, until this arrest were just that – stories and rumours.

Now that proof of a detached member was actually displayed by the Malawi Police, people are apprehensive for fear of having their family jewels forcibly removed from them without anaesthetic as was the case with unfortunate Amidu Amini who met his fate allegedly coming from a drinking spree.

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