North Malawi media body condemns Karonga’s attacks on BBC journalists

Nyika Media Club, a grouping of media professionals in the Northern Region,  has criticised the attack of three British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalists and three other members of their crew  in Karonga’s ‘Benghazi’ area on Friday  on suspicion that they were bloodsuckers.

The crew was beaten up, stoned, and had one of its vehicles extensively damaged during the fracas.

Irate villagers at Mwasota e in the area of traditional authority Kyungu , armed with pangas, axes and other dangerous weapons attacked the journalists and had one of its vehicles extensively damaged .

Karonga Central legislator Frank Mwenifumbo rescued the journalists when he persuaded a local chief to rescue the six.

Karonga Police deputy spokesperson George Mulewa confirmed the incident and said the law enforcers were investigating the matter.

In a statement Nyika Media Club chairperson Mandy Pondani and secretary general Themba Mwale, they described the attack as  barbaric.

“NMC would like to call on government and other development partners—both local and international—to invest in civic education in all districts, so that Malawi wipes out this unbecoming belief.

“NMC would also like to deplore the delayed response from law enforcers. Life of a human being should always be prioritised, especially where it is on the verge of being eliminated,” the NMC statement reads in part.

The media body said  issues of of blood sucking have always been a mere myth, therefore it is very unfortunate that they keep on haunting the society.

Last October, about 140 people were arrested by police in connection with the blood suckers phenomenon, which started in southern mountainous district of  Mulanje in September where irate villagers took the law in their hands.

In total, 10 people were killed on suspicion that they were linked with alleged blood suckers in Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Nsanje, Chiradzulu and Blantyre districts.

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6 years ago

The people of Karonga you have to know this: You have disgraced yourselves. The Northern Region of Malawi is not synonymous with this rubbish. We are an enlightened bunch. I hope this nonsense was not engineered by your rubbish Kyungu.

6 years ago

This is a very regrettable incident. The media fraternity should also take a share of this blame.
Instead of civic educating the people you waste a lot of time castigating government and praising opposition.
You should have used the time to educate the people to avoid the occurrence of this regrettable incident.

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