Mutharika disowns witchcraft remarks on bloodsuckers: Attacks ‘nonsense’ Malawi media reports

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday denied that he t hat he will let Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa deal with the blood sucking saga as it is connected with witchcraft, saying them media misquoted him.

Mutharika says it is not him who linked the issue to witchcraft

During a rally the President held in Phalombe on Monday as part of his tour of areas affected by the saga, he said he would leave Ngolongoliwa to deal with the matter.

His remarks attracted criticism from analysts with Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo saying the remarks  “ discourages others from helping in getting to the bottom of it.”

But Mutharika speaking in Chikwawa district during the launch of Mgumano wa Amang’anja na Asena cultural gorupm which was held at the headquarters of Paramount Chief Lundu, said he did not accept the existence of bloodsuckers in the country, saying  reporting by the Malawi media on the same  is “nonsense”.

“I don’t know if some journalists have ears or have hearing problems. They are fond of misquoting others, that’s nosense and must stop,” said Mutharika.

He said “Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa said bloodsuckers can be dealt with traditional leaders since it is not natural but magical. So I responded that if the myth is indeed magical then I will leave it in the hands of Ngolongoliwa to deal with it since he knows how to handle such issues. Not that I am admitting its existence.”

According to Mutharika, he already ordered the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) bring peace in the concerned areas and then urged the community to start sleeping in their houses saying “there’s no existence of bloodsuckers but criminals who want to steal properties of people.”

He then asked the community to stop manhandling bloodsuckers’ suspects but report them to the nearby police.

Ngolongoliwa assured the President that something miraculous would happen within two weeks.

The saga, which has stirred tension and panic in Mulanje, Phalombe, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Nsanje and parts of Blantyre, has led some development partners to withdraw their operations from affected districts. Seven people have been killed for being suspected to be bloodsuckers.

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Omex70
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Santana, are still around? I thank God. When I heard the results of the bye-elections, I prayed that you should not collapse and faint. I prayed that you should take heart because I know that you are a DPP die-hard whose does not want to hear anything negative about DPP. Let’s meet in 2019.

santana
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I wonder if names have dried up that some people can use pen names of others. The one who is using my pen name(SANTANA) should know that the content of his writings will show that the writer is not a real Santana which Nyasa Times readers know. So I ASK YOU TO STOP USING MY PEN NAME. This only shows that you feel itchy when you see my articles on Nyasa. The real Santana will be known by the style he comments. I don’t know any Mr Ibu in this country. How then can I comment on someone I don’t… Read more »
Santana
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Mr. Ibu tsopano, he says one thing and yet he means quite nothing. Kodi professor ameneyu anawo amatomva mclass’mo???????????

game zone
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ur the mbuli here, look at ur flaws, is it coz siziziwika?

Tuvitwana
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President wotopetsa uyu, no brains at all. Very indecisive!

Mkwapu
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Thought Ngngoliwa was assigned to deal with blood suckers?

nyasaland
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OMG!!! this President needs a class in damage control and crisis management, this is pathetic!

game zone
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ur a mbuli but self satsfying to think u think better than anyone else. Look at ur flaws, is it coxz sizidziwika, tikufufuze mwinaso abale ako amakudandaula coz ur controlled by ur wife

n.tumbuka@yahoo.com
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A Hgi inuuuuu! Even you has no ears. nanga mumamvera ku chani? What is nonsense is misquoting the president.

Hgj
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This means you are the blood sucker people are suffering then you said this is no sense we know that this is owned by DPP

Mac
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who is suffering? there are no vampires and no blood sucking. these thoughts are primitive.

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