Malawi Righs Commission asks Mutharika to act on bloodsuckers ‘myth’

The taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has asked President Peter Mutharika to come out strongly and condemn the  incidences of politically-motivated violence as as killings  emnagting from the  blood suckers rumours in Mulanje and other districts.

Justin Dzonzi, MHRC chairperson : Let the president strongly condemn the politically motivated violence and the killings over blood suckers

Government has dismissed the blood suckers  story as “political” ad “myths” and President Mutharika has been silent on the matter sunce retyrning home from the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) in New York a week now.

MHRC chairperson Justin Dzonzi in a statement seen  by Nyasa Times, reminds President Mutharika that “leadership soes not lie in one’s designated position, but in his ability to take the first step and put forth solutions to the ills of the society.”

The statement  said President Mutharika should  “come out strongly and condemn” the incidences of politically motivated violence in Rumphi and Nsanje – largely blamed on ruling Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP)  and the  the violence motivated by the beliefs and myths in Mulanje and the surrounding districts.

The calls for Mutharika to act comes just days after chiefs and villagers in the ‘bloodsuckers’ hotspot districts of Mulanje, Phalombe and Chiradzulu  said they want President Mutharika and senior government officials to address meetings to clear the mist.

Police in Mulanje said they have received over 30 cases of people claiming to be victims of bloodsuckers and managed to arrest over 35 suspects as perpetrators of mob justice.

However, government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology maintained his stand that the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is behind the bloodsuckers rumour, saying the party just wants to tarnish the image of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) considering that the hotspot areas of blood sucking are in the stronghold of the ruling party.

But MCP deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said accusations against his party in relation to the issue were unfortunate and an indication that the DPP administration lacks direction in running government affairs.

In the statement, MHRC has also faulted Police, saying it is  deeply disturbed by failure by the law enforcers  to deal with acts of violence with speed and without fear  or favour.

Dzonzi said Police’s failure to act decisively may emanate from political interference in their operations by the ruling elite including Cabinet Ministers.

The rights commission has since called the police to be professional against all odds.

Commissioner of Malawi Police Service responsible for community policing, Willie Mwaluka, said to date no one has been arrested in connection with blood sucking.

He said police officers have been deployed to many areas in the district to beef up security.

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4 years ago

When you see a spokesperson speaking rubbish like this just know that the boss is worse

4 years ago

Instead of addressing this pertinent issue, he will go be in Lilongwe and go to Nsanje to lie to the people in a bid to boost the campaign for the DPP candidates. Whatever happens, people have already made up their minds about the candidates to vote for. The outcome will be known by midnight of 17 October.

Che Wanimiliyoni
4 years ago

Malawians getting education enmasse but still believing in witchraft. Humans have a heart which forces blood to come out without being pumped so why should a normal person waste his time suck something which will come out anyway whenever there is a body cut? These are just childish folktales.

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