Malawi Police have sent criminal investigation officers in Tanzania to hunt for a man who on Saturday chopped the hand of a woman with albinism in Chitipa and run away with it.
Chitipa Police spokesperson Gladwell Simwaka said the law enforcers have since arrested a Malawian accomplice who allegedly chopped off the hand of Lucia Kainja, 33, who is battling for his life at Mzuzu Central Hospital where she is getting specialised treatment after the incident on Saturday.
“We are working with our counterparts in Tanzania in order to arrest the suspect,” said Simwaka.
He said the suspect run away with the arm.
The police arrested his Malawian accomplice, Joseph Ndimbwa.
Kainga said on her hospital bed that she was responding well to medication although she said she is in great pain.
“They broke into our house, hit my husband with a metal bar rendering him unconscious and grabbed by the neck whilst chopping off my right hand,” said Kainga.
She is the latest victim of persons with albinism. At least 18 persons with albinism have been killed for their body parts whom some people believe, wrongly though, that they can bring quick riches.
If convicted, Ndimbwa is likely to serve a life long jail term.