Malawi first ‘bloodsucking’ conviction at Zomba court: 3 months jail for rumour mongering

A Magistrate court in Zomba has convicted 47-year old Stanford Bamusi of Mtiwa Village in the district to three months imprisonment with hard labour for spreading ‘blood-sucking’ rumours without no option of a fine.

Bamusi was charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

Nyasa Times learnt that Bamusi—upon seeing a vehicle that was headed to Village Headman Mtiwi’s house—started shouting that bloodsuckers had come into the village, forcing the village folk to flee their homes and spend a night in the nearby bushes.

But when the police followed up the issue, they found out that Bamusi’s shout were unfounded and made the arrest.

Magistrate Chamdimba Nkhata said the punishment was meant to be a lesson to other would-be offenders.

He denied leniency to Bamusi arguing the issue has become a bone of contention in the country, and “is supposed to be brought to a halt.”

Meanwhile, for the first time since the bloodsucking saga ensued two senior government officials—the information minister and the inspector general of police—have conceded that the rumours are only a hoax.

Inspector General Lexten Kachama said “no evidence” has come up to substantiate the bloodsucking claims.

Since the rumours began, nine lives have been lost in mobs directed towards people suspected to be bloodsuckers.

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Keen Observer
Keen Observer
4 years ago

Do you blame the people for living in fear? And is this going to take away the fear from the people or to make them fear more? I don’t think that’s how this matter is supposed to be solved. Of course I need those who killed innocent people to be prosecuted but try to find the root or causative agent of this whole fracas. Listen to the people on the ground & try to establish what the problem is then put the issue to bed for good. How did people solve the Nachipanti issue in Ndirande? I don’t know unfortunately… Read more »

4 years ago

Good move

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