Two killed in Blantyre over ‘blood-sucking vampire’ saga

The vampire paranoia continue to cause unreast in the country as on Thursday Blantyre sparked several attacks on suspected bloodsuckers with two more people killed following suspicion of some persons sucking people’s blood in the district, Police confirmed.

Police spokesman in southern region Ramsy Mushani confirmed  said an angry mob at Chatha Village in  Blantyre  roughed a a 22-year-old man and in the process killing him  on suspicion that he was among the so-called bloodsuckers.

The deceased was found lying at a nearby graveyard, prompting the community to carry citizen arrest  and  left  him in the hands of police at Chatha Police checkpoint  but, after noticing that there were delays to take  him to Chileka Police Station, the public started pelting stones at officers who were manning the checkpoint.

The angry mob chased the police officers from the scene, forced the suspect out of the makeshift cell and set him ablaze.

Another victim was also  beaten to death without any basis.

Mushani saying identities of the victims were being verified but one was killed with a Islamic holy book Koran in his hand.

“Two people were killed by a mob for allegedly being blood suckers,” he said.  He said in Chileka the mobs “torched a 22-year-old epileptic man and another man was stoned to death after being suspected of being a bloodsucker.”

A family member confirmed the man was epileptic and that he was killed while walking home from a nearby hospital.

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.

Stories of vampires sucking people’s blood in the dead of the night have been circulating in the country for weeks now.

President Peter Mutharika who has been visiting the bollodsuckinh hotspots linked the issue to witchcraft but Malawi laws do not recognise the practice.

Mutharika said he will let Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa deal with the blood sucking saga  as it is connected with witchcraft.

Known locally as ‘anamapopa,’ these fearsome forces are described as  using both magical powers as well as modern technology to attack their  victims.

Their bizarre methodology is said to involve somehow disabling their  target using an electrical charge or chemical substance, removing their  blood via an unidentified instrument, and then vanishing in the form of a  cat or dog.

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Munthu
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Umbuli wa Winiko is causing all this. He is spreading baseless rumours. The president is a professor for nothing. How can he believe in witchcraft

opportunist
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Innocent lives lost like that. May Almighty God comfort the bereaved families

blacka
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DPP is the source of bloodsuckers story. this party is destroying Malawi.

Yonasi
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Apolice mukutani pilizi tcholani miyendo ya anthu omwe akupanga zachiwawazo

Moya
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Who is killing who? It appears the public is murdering more people than the ” invisible vampires” so far i have not read one story of the victim of the vampires or seem any picture of a blood sucked victim of the anamamopa. So without jumping into conclusion i feel the public is turning into murders and simply justifying by calling the victims suspects. Police start arresting anyone who is involved in these murder both the vampires and the public, murder should not be entertained or justified at any level. Police step up with forensics to get to the bottom… Read more »
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