Mutharika speaks on bloodsuckers, albino killings: ‘Opposition strategy to cause distress in Malawi’

President Peter Mutharika has broken his silence on the issue of bloodsuckers that has created tension and fear some parts of the country with  close to 12 myth driven killings but accused the opposition political leaders of creating the rumours to cause panic and distress among Malawians.

President Mutharika: Blood sucking rumours are baseless and only deliberately created by opposition politicians

The President’s sentiments on the issue that has seen some people killed on suspicion that they were bloodsuckers  comes after  two of his Cabinet ministers – Minister of Information Mark Botomani and Minister of Homeland Security Nicholous Dausi-  said when they dismissed the issue as a “myth”.

In his address to the nation on Tuesday evening, Mutharika said the creators of the bloodsucking rumours have vehicles and they move around at night in the Central Region where they intimidate and kill people.

“Some innocent Malawians have been brutally killed in a mob justice because of being suspected to be bloodsuckers. Yet, these rumours are baseless and only deliberately created,” said Mutharika.

He continued: “We had similar rumours last year in the Southern Region as we were moving towards the May election. It was also the same time when some people were deliberately killing men, women and children with albinism with the intention of creating a negative opinion against me and the government.

“They went as far as fabricating a story that some members of my government were selling bones of people with albinism. This was of course a lie.”

Mutharika also connected the rumours to the forthcoming fresh presidential elections.

“We know it is a political strategy for some people to create fear and panic to suppress people from registering. Once again this is happening when we have a collective war against the coronavirus,” said Mutharika.

He then thanked the Malawi police for arresting 158 people suspected of being involved in mob justice and criminal acts related to the blood sucking rumours and political violence.

“Further, I am directing the Acting Inspector General of Police [Duncan Mwapasa] to arrest every single person who is involved in violence related to spreading false rumours of blood sucking and political violence. Criminals must face the law,” said Mutharika.

The President  also ordered the Malawi Defence Force to work with the police in intensifying patrol to ensure Malawi remains a country of order and peace.

At least 10 people have been killed in the north in the past three weeks, including two people were murdered in Mzimba around March 23; two people burnt to death in Chitipa around March 25 and one man murdered in Rumphi on 4 April.

In addition, 10 separate violent attacks were reported during the same period in Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa, Mchinji, Karonga and Nkhata Bay.

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Malemia
Malemia
7 months ago

An imbecile castrated gogo

Mwene
Mwene
7 months ago

APM has sleepless nights over his position if not bad dreams every night.

Namalegeni chilima
7 months ago

Well done APM. This is the right way of teaching chakwera how to behave.

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
7 months ago

Namalegeni you are as headless as apm!

Francis
Francis
7 months ago

APM’s address does not match presidential material to me, sounds superstitious and primitive. He can do much better so that we the citizens can learn from his style and quality of speeches he gives to the nation. This one is well below par, as usual from him.

Mtete
Mtete
7 months ago

Only that Chakwera has nothing to do with the stupid allegations.

Tembo
Tembo
7 months ago

Mutharika’s speech was long overdue. Chakwera has been inciting violence for a long time. He (Chakwera) went on Times TV and asked MCP members to form violent groups apparently to punish and kill people buying ID cards. We have since seen blood-sucking rumours spring up alongside the issue of ID cards. The vigilant groups Chakwera has formed are going around spreading these rumours, some are using cars in the night. Then the violent groups target innocent people who they intimidate, torture and kill. All because he wants to paint government as failing – so that he can get votes. Chakwera… Read more »

Mtete
Mtete
7 months ago

I think it’s better to keep quiet than talk and in the process reveal to all and sundry reasoning challenges. Malawians have seen through your diabolic strategies and no longer believe whatever you say about the opposition, particularly Chakwera whom you hate do much; maybe because he is smarter than you. The general thinking is that the hoodlums who terrorised Mulanje last are DPP sponsored and have now moved to Kasungu to cause panic so that people are scared to register for the coming election which you are too scared of. As for the killings of people with albinism, just… Read more »

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

Mtete you are talking shit!

Citizen
Citizen
7 months ago

I don’t know if this man is mentally well. It’s the same opposition which want this fresh election more than DPP. And central region is their ( opposition) stronghold. Does what he say make any sense?. Him and one of his advisors were mentioned as suspects in albino killings. Has any court cleared them? Chakwera clearly and openly talked against national IDs buying and suggested ways to curb this. Why did he avoid this issue in his so called national address rubbish yesterday? So he thinks people can take him seriously? I don’t think this no sense will give DPP… Read more »

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
7 months ago
Reply to  Citizen

Unfortunately majority of Malawians are uneducated and primitive. These are the ones that give votes to DPP.

Hannah
Hannah
7 months ago
Reply to  Ulemu Banda

It is primitive people who can support a violent party like MCP whose leader Chakwera enjoys spilling blood.

Mtete
Mtete
7 months ago
Reply to  Hannah

And DPP cadets? Oh, I almost forgot Chasowa and Njauju.

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

You are talking shit!

Wakwithu
Wakwithu
7 months ago
Reply to  Citizen

Exactly! APM is a headless chicken

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Wakwithu

You are talking shit plus rubish !

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Citizen

Citizen you are talking shit and rubbish!!!

C Banda
C Banda
7 months ago

“President Peter Mutharika has broken his silence on the issue of bloodsuckers” … in order to hurl unsubstantiated accusations at the opposition.

BTW: this is my first time to hear of this address to the nation. Was it announced beforehand, when was it made, and how was it made?

Mwikho
Mwikho
7 months ago

This is mind boggling, Somethng very wrong with our president’s thinking and attitude. Is it Old Age?? Bad advisors or the type of person we have??? No wonder why Bingu had reservation about your ability. It is well known that the Bloodsucking issue has spilled over from Zambia, Why blame it on opposition in Malawi??? Mr. president you are igniting Fire for No apparent reason. Be cool headed and STOP finger pointing. Are you being fooled by your advisors!!!!!

Pupla
Pupla
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwikho

You should be asking Chakwera why he went on Times TV and asked his boys to form vigilantes. The next day there was blood-sucking rumours and Chakwera’s violent groups lynching and killing people.

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwikho

You are talking shit

Mask
Mask
7 months ago

Senseless speach from Mutharika I personally was expecting Mutharika to address the issue of albino killings bloodsuckers rumours that started in Zambia now in Malawi not in this way to point fingers on opposition, do Mutharika tell the nation Malawi that those killing albinos are opposition? But we heard of the suspects on the albino killings are neither the opposition, is this how Mutharika covering up the dirties done by some DPP members? I very disappointed 😔😔😞 sir that you have devered this important massage in a such than just to rule out stopping believing in fake rumours of bloodsuckers… Read more »

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mask

You are talking shit plus rubish!

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

So the opposition doesnt want people to register in the central Region?

Mr Mutharika, just step down.

Neutral man
Neutral man
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Kkkkkkk

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Neutral man

You are lughing shit!

Kaka Tende
Kaka Tende
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Opposition does not want DPP members to vote in the central region. MCP is targeting anyone they suspect to be a member of DPP.

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago
Reply to  Kaka Tende

Grow up please.

Mwahana
Mwahana
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

It seems APM has bad dreams everynight kkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwahana

You are thinking shit!

Ineyo
Ineyo
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

You are talking shit!

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