Malawi Police in Zomba have arrested two men on charges of occasioning grievous harm on a 63-year-old man in the district when they cut off his private parts to sell them to interested persons.
Eastern Region Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude told Nyasa Times that the suspects are James Chimwala (30) from Makanjira Village, T/A Mlomba in Machinga and Billiat Siplo (32) from Njala Village, T/A Kuntumanje in the district.
He claimed that the two suspects on January 23 2013 allegedly broke into the house of Jonathan Duncan and dragged the victim to a nearby bush where they grievously harmed him.
Said Nyaude: “At this moment, the victim cried out for help and people rushed to the scene where they saw Jonathan lying in pain. They took him to Zomba Central Hospital where he is admitted for treatment.”
Added the police spokesman: “He divorced his wife a few years ago and said he is a landlord to the first suspect (Chimwala) who is a fisherman at Kachulu Fishing Dock whereas the second suspect Sipolo is his son.”
Nyaude further disclosed that the two are expected to appear in court soon to answer charges of causing grievous harm.
Issues of cutting genitals have become very common in Malawi.
Many locals believe human parts can bring riches, and unscrupulous businessmen and witchdoctors pay thousands of kwachas to poor locals to kill people and mutilate their bodies.
Private body parts of human beings are on a high demand by the witchdoctors and it is believed that people sell the penis and testicles abroad where they fetch a lot of money.