Malawi govt says blood-sucking vampires is opposition-sponsored rumours

Government has strongly condemn the barbaric acts by some unruly Malawians who are beating, chasing and killing innocent people in the name of ‘vampires’  calling it as a mere myth, accusing unnamed opposition politicians of exploiting the rumours with the aim of bringing down the regime.

Top government officials at the news conference -photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Mussa addressing reporters, says no evidence about blood suckers-photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Mussa says rumours of “vampire” activity not true.-photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Addressing a news conference  in Lilongwe,  Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Henry Mussa said there was “no evidence that there are blood-suckers.”

Malawi, where witchcraft is widely believed and education standards are low, is regularly dogged by rumours of “vampire” activity.

Many Malawians, especially in the country’s rural south, believe in reports that teams of “blood suckers” are murdering poor people on a nightly basis, draining their blood and selling it to international aid agencies in return for food.

Vague in all but the nastiest details, the bizarre stories have become so widespread that the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President George Chaponda’s nephew, Olendo, is accused of harbouring the vampires and villagers ransacked property at his mansion in Thyolo.

According Mussa the rumours of “anamapopa” in Mulanje has the potential to derail government’s effort under his ministry in promoting the country as a tourism destination but also as a preferred destination for foreign and direct investment.

“No tourist or investor would like to come to a country whose citizens are attacking others due to such misguided beliefs. I would like therefore to ask and warn all those involved to stop this malpractice immediately since this practice is tarnishing the image of our beautiful country,” Mussa said.

On his part, Minister of Information who is also government spokesperson, Nicholous  Dausi blamed the whole issue on opposition political parties and some Civil Society Organizations as perpetrators of the saga with an aim of tarnishing the image of the government and to buy sympathy from the poor Malawians in the affected districts.

“As government we condemn the barbaric behavior which is happening in Mulanje and Nsanje of killing innocent people believed to be blood suckers, we want to tell the nation that these claims are not true,” Dausi said.

Dausi  told reporters  that it is very strange that those political parties who are fond of making noise on any issue even those less important issues have been quiet on blood suckers, yet people are being attacked and six lives has been lost, enough evidence to conclude that they are the ones behind all the attacks and rumours with ill intentions.

“We have 55 political parties and over 515 CSOs in the country many of these are always in the media speaking on a number of issues, accusing government even on silly issues but to our surprise these people are all quiet yet six lives has been lost, investors are being chased, goods and properties of some innocent people are being ransacked.

“There’s one person called Lawrence Sitolo  in Nsanje who alleges got an SMS on his phone threatening him and that others were asking him to join DPP with money, MCP were all over blaming government, its president wrote donor community on a thing which had no basis and a mere fabrication but now people are being killed through mob justice and what have they done,  remain quiet, were watching we know some of the parties and CSOs are behind this.”

The Minister said since the rumour started making rounds, government has directed the police and members of private security organizations to make sure that there is a twenty four hour surveillance to find out who is behind this immoral behavior.

“We are working on the ground with the police to find out who is behind this, and mark my words, we will catch them,” said Dausi adding that government would not let innocent souls lost because of some beliefs which are not true at all.

He added that as a nation people needed to come together in sensitizing people in those areas that there are no blood suckers.

“I am calling upon chiefs, faith based organizations, members of parliament, councilors, teachers and the business community to come together to sensitizing people that there is no such a thing as blood suckers. You can imagine that one person, a lady, was killed because he had a lipstick which was suspected to be an instrument used to suck blood, that’s unfortunate,” Dausi said.

While conquering with Dausi, Mussa said it is very disturbing to have people behind what he calls unfortunate actions which will have very negative impact on the nation’s image if not well handled and warned that if those that have been arrested implicates any politician or CSO as to be behind the whole issue,  government will not hesitate but to bring that one to book.

“I want to concur with my fellow cabinet minister in condemning the recent acts of mob justice on fellow Malawians and the touring Belgian couple who have obviously been mistaken for blood suckers in Mulanje, Phalombe districts and surrounding areas,” Mussa said.

He further said stories of blood sucking in the country are mere rumors which have been making rounds from sometime back and should not be believed.

“The prevailing vampire paranoia situation in Mulanje and surrounding areas has the potential to derail our efforts in promoting our country as a tourism destination but also as preferred destination for foreign and direct investment,” Mussa explained.

Mussa then challenged those who have evidence that their relative or anyone blood was sucked to come forward.

Vigilantes have so far killed six people suspected of trying to obtain and drink human blood as part of magic rituals since mid-September, according to police.

The six people were killed in three separate incidents in the area surrounding Mulanje Mountain.

The most recent attack came on Sunday when an angry mob beat two people to death because they “suspected the two (victims) of being blood suckers”, said police spokesperson James Kadadzera.

The victims were travelling to pray close to the mountain when they were intercepted by a violent crowd on their way through a village.

In another incident, Kadadzera said a local chief was killed by a group accusing him of colluding with men suspected of consuming human blood.

The United States embassy in Malawi has temporarily withdrawn its team of Peace Corps volunteers from the four districts bordering Mulanje and advised its citizens not to visit the area.

In a statement, the embassy blamed “ongoing acts of vigilante justice stemming from rumours of persons attempting to siphon blood from local residents for ritualistic use.”

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Zachamba
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Heheheheheheheheheiiiiiiiirrrrrrriiiiii!!!!!!!!! Mr. Ibu and his dpp atha nzeru. I did not know that the opposition can have a say in lomwe belt where dpp says it’s their stronghold. Chaka chino wina afa kadyakarista.

Kaitano
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Kikkkkkkk hhahahahahahaha!! koma abale, tikamakuuzani kuti dziko la Malawi lili mmanja mwa anthu opusa wina mapka lero sanazindikilibe!! What is it that opposition has to do with this?and which opposition are you talking about? are you not aware that it is your own opposition? when you fail to do the good thing, you do the bad thing, 100% security is in your hands, who is failing opposition or you and your D.P.P? Wait a minute, the opposition you are talking about should not be the one led by Chakwera, please Ministers reverse if that is what you are trying to… Read more »
Omex70
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All along I thought Dausi has a brain. But the rubbish that he uttered at the News Conference simply revealed that he is just carrying an empty head hence only rubbish comes from his mouth. DPP has failed to run the affairs of this country full stop.

Remnant
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Fools in neck ties. A Msondawo achita kulusatu ngati akupangapo zaphindu. Zomvetsa chisoni kwambiri. My worry is if these are the people that are entrusted with the affairs and the running of this country then it only speaks volumes why Malawi is still as poor as we are. Dausi is a mere Kayombe who I hear was hand picked by Kamuzu as a Librarian @ Sanjika and further because of his boot liking tendencies he automatically qualified as a Cabinet minister in the current administration. One can not expect anything constructive from him. But the other gentleman is classical graduate… Read more »
aDE
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IF PETER HAS BALLS HE SHOULD FIRE THESE IDIOTS. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE MAKING HIM TO LOOK ST%PID.

Chibwantanana
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”Even the climate change is because of MCP, ” KKKKKKKK koma umbuli sizinthu. Ngati zakuvutani just bow down ena ayeseko mwai, not ma lame excuse ngati amenewa,

Hypocrite
Guest

Mukuona ngati ndife vidude eti. Thus a poor xcuse from a the govt. shirehighlands is your strong hold and dare you say MCP and its allies are behind the rumour. Shame on you Mr

Blessed Banda
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So there are opposition parties in Thyolo and Mulanje? I thought these are districts where 99% are DPP?

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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YOU IDIOTS!!!! HOW DO YOU RELATE THIS ISSUE TO OPPOSITION PARTIES. WHY CANT DPP ADMIT THAT THEY HAVE FAILED TO RULE THE COUNTRY. AT FIRST IT WAS ALBINO KILLING AND NOW IT IS BLOOD SUCKING. ALL HAPPENING UNDER THW WATCH OF APM AND HIS DPP. VERY BAD INDEED!!!!!

Phideria
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Opposition? You DPP Morons you must be fools, first grade fools for that matter. Zopopana magazi zili rampant in your own stronghold area aka Mulhakho belt, so where is the connection with opposition parties? Mwatha nzerutu apa. Or you are referring to UDF coz lomwe belt was also once a UDF master bedroom before Daniel Phiri kuzinga chipani cha UDF poyera yera. Muyaluka tu simunati

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