No ‘Anamapopa’ at Mulhako wa Alhomwe : Dausi says 24-hour police operation  for ‘blood suckers’

Minister of Information and Communications, Nicolas Dausi, has said President  Peter Mutharika has directed a 24-hour police  operation in mountainous tea growing district of Mulanje and  all  areas affected  with rumours of  ‘blood sucking vampirers’ to tighten security.

Malawi ministers Mussa (L) and Dausi on defence as blood sucking crisis deepens. -Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Addressing the press in Lilongwe on Wednesday, Dausi said the government is concerned with the alleged killing of people who are believed to be blood suckers, which so far have left six people dead.

“As government we condemn the barbaric behavior which is happening in Mulanje and Nsanje of killing innocent people believed to be blood suckers, we want to tell the nation that these claims are not true,” Dausi said.

The Minister said since the rumour started making rounds, government has directed the police and members of private security organizations to make sure that there is a 24- hour surveillance to find out who is behind this immoral behavior.

“We are working on the ground with the police to find out who is behind this, and mark my words, we will catch them,” said Dausi.

However, he could not explain what the operation is all about.

“Take it as such. It’s from the President” he said.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Henry Mussa, described the attacks as ‘mythical’ calling for concerted effort to deal with the situation.

“I want to concur with my fellow cabinet minister in condemning the recent acts of mob justice on fellow Malawians and the touring Belgian couple who have obviously been mistaken for blood suckers in Mulanje, Phalombe districts and surrounding areas,” Mussa said.

The two ministers also appealed to donors not to rush to withdraw their workers in affected areas saying the situation is under control.

Mussa and Dausi speculated that they suspect political influence in these attacks

Dausi particularly sent a message to development partners that they should learn to inform government before writing their governments about the situation in the country.

The United States embassy in Lilongwe has temporarily withdrawn its team of Peace Corps volunteers from the four districts bordering Mulanje and advised its citizens not to visit the area.

In a statement, the embassy blamed “ongoing acts of vigilante justice stemming from rumours of persons attempting to siphon blood from local residents for ritualistic use.”

Meanwhile, people are assured that there will  be no need to press the panic baton for Mulhako wa Alhomwe culture festival on October 29 this year at the usual place Mulhako wa Alhomwe Head Quarters at Chonde in Mulanje.

This is an annual celebration where people learn a lot about the Lhomwe culture that includes Lhomwe language, customs and beliefs as well as Lhomwe history.

Mulhako wa Alhomwe National Publicity Chairperson, Dickson Makhumba said they have been assured that there will be no threat of “anamapopa” during the festival period.

Mulhako wa Alhomwe is a cultural grouping which was established by the Late Malawi President, Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika some ten years back with an aim of bringing all the Lhomwes together.

Apart from inviting all the cultural groups in Malawi, they have also invited other guests from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa and other neighboring countries to celebrate with them.

State President Mutharika will grace the occasion as guest of honor.

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4 years ago

If government is serious about national security why beep up security in Mulanje alone to project Mulhako celebrants and leave out Nsanje which is equally affected by the blood suckers? Not surprised your President has shied away from holding a press conference on his arrival from attending UNGA. When people say DPP government is nepotistic, is that an exaggeration? Mr. Dausi you cannot see that the people will judge you when you talk of the police protecting the Mulhakos 24 hours and not extendig the security to Senas as if they are foreigners in Malawi? This is tantamount to genocide.… Read more »

4 years ago

Who is fooling who here? What I am hearing is that suspected vampires have been torched so on and so forth up to the number of those killed totalling to six. But what I am not hearing is that, “Who has died after his/her blood was sucked by the suspected blood suckers. A Malawi what’s your problem. Tamugwirani mmodzi timufunse bwinobwino.

4 years ago

Alomwe ndi mabulutu basi. They do not think. They are still in 15th century. Daft

4 years ago

Mulhakho wa Alhomwe is an employment bureau targeting only lomwes in lucrative and other positions in government ministries, departments, agencies and in foreign missions. Anthu atsankho Alhomwe. Very good example is at MRA, MACRA, MUST, MBC, NCHE, 99% of all lucrative positions in government and it’s agencies are lomwe infested positions. Making things worse and nagging is putting un qualified and in deserving people in such positions eg people like Itaye at MACRA, Mauwa at ADMARC, whole Executive Management at MRA. What a perfect mediocrity? DPP is a perfectionist of rampant nepotism, tribalism and regionalism. Back to anampopa magazi, why… Read more »

Alfred Minjo
Alfred Minjo
4 years ago
Reply to  Phideria

Phidelia, I know you. You are a tumbuka guy. Tiyeni tinene zooona. The top positions in both public and private are geld by you guys. If development in this country is not taking place, it is you. Do your research and you will find this…

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