Malawi Police in southern district of Mwanza have arrested a 27-year-old herbalist they believe exhumed the body of a new born baby and removed some parts barely a week after it was buried.
The suspect, identified as Stanley Watison Mphonde, a renowned herbalist in the district, will answer charges of trespassing into a graveyard and possession of human body parts contrary to Sections 129 and 18 of the Penal Code, respectively.
He hails from Mwenyekonde village, Sub-Traditional Authority Govati in the district.
In another development, the Malawi Police Service has formed a strategy aimed at protecting children from any form of abuses.
The strategy, formed this week by officers-in-charge drawn from across the country’s police stations during a two-day workshop on child protection management information system in Lilongwe, involves revamping the Police website, developing the Malawi Police Policy on Child Protection, pre-trial diversion guidelines for children in conflict with the law and identifying and training child protection officers.
According to Deputy Inspector of Police (responsible for operations) Paul Kanyama, the number of children in conflict with the law increased to 5,527 in 2013 from 3,417 recorded in 2012 and most of the cases were treated under the MPS diversion system.
“As station commanders we have all it takes to ensure that the strategy works. We can do this by giving our full support to child protection officers in our respective stations,” said Kanyama.
UNICEF has since committed to working the security agency to ensure that no child is imprisoned or held in police cell for more than 48 hours.
“Most victims of violence are women and children; hence the need for advanced strategies of protecting them,” said Angella Travis, UNICEF Representative.