Malawi Police in Kasungu have launched an intensive campaign against the killings of people with albinism and the launch took place on Wednesday in Kapelera village where the last, so far, two year old girl was abducted from her sleeping mat and brutally murdered.
Kasungu Police Station office Ax Muwanya said the law enforcers partnered with other stakeholders in order to sensitise the villagers that it was a crime to harvest somebody’s body organs for any reason.
“There was need to sensitize people that body parts of people with albinism cannot bring wealth whatsoever. Hard work and dedication to duty are the only principles tha can propel one to richness,” he said.
He also told the people to be on the lookout for suspicious strange faces in the village which must be reported to police as they might be criminals.
Thomas Mwafongo, an official from Kasungu District Council welcomed the initiative and asked that it should reach out to all tradition areas in the district.
This follows the killing of an albino two year girl Witney Chilumpha a month ago who was abducted from her sleeping mat as her mother was deep in sleep. Her father, who was not in the house at the time of abduction, was arrested with his accomplice.
Little Witney’s body was fund severed with her napkin, clothes and teeth scattered all over the place where two women discovered the body deep in a forest in the village.
Following persistent abductions and murders of albinos living in Malawi, the country’s police chief Lexten Kachama issued a shoot-to-kill order in the hope of curbing the scourge facing the nation.
Criminal gangs, nicknamed “albino hunters”, have embarked on a reign of terror across Malawi, often killing albinos in broad daylight without mercy or remorse.
Believed to possess magical powers, the bones of albinos have become a hot commodity in recent times.
Fetching high prices on the black market, syndicates remain on the hunt for albino body parts in Malawi and many parts of Tanzania.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :