US embassy warns of Malawi ‘large civil disturbance’ as ‘bloodsuckers’ mania spreads

The United States of America embassy in Lilongwe has warned its citizens in  Malawi  of a ” large civil disturbance  ” in the southern region, advising them to take special care when visiting places as the ‘bloodsuckers’ saga is getting out of hand with its recent spread to commercial capital Blantyre .

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On Thursday the country recorded two deaths as lynch mobs killed two people in Blantyre, as public hysteria grows over “blood-sucking vampires”.

A message, issued on Thursday to US citizens in the country, warned them  to “maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

It advises the US citizens of  a “large civil disturbance” disrupting traffic in Blantyre along Chileka Road near the intersection with the M1.

Malawi Police deployed multiple officers and utilized tear gas to disperse the crowd, but tensions remain high, the statement said.

In addition, Police reports a similar disturbance disrupted traffic in and around Kachere Township for several hours and resulted in significant damage to multiple vehicles.

US embassy said the  the  disturbances are related to fears in the community of persons attempting to steal blood—colloquially called “bloodsuckers.”

“ The U.S. Embassy has advised its staff there is potential for additional unrest in and around Blantyre and Zomba Districts over the next several days – particularly in the evening hours,” reads the statement..

“While these disturbances are not directed at U.S. citizens, you should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”

The Malawian president, Peter Mutharika, has been visiting parts of the country affected by the vampire scare, trying to prevent the deaths of innocent people.

The UN have blacklisted several districts in Malawi as dangerous zones for staffers and nationals. Earlier this month the UN pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi.

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Ndatopa ndi DPP
Guest

It’s sad that things have gotten this far, any leadership with good sense should have nipped this in the bud weeks ago, but as always the leader is clueless with what to do with every crisis

Vinyo
Guest
In Malawi we have a problem of procrastination. Unfortunately, government is crippled by the same problem. The issue of bloodsuckers started like a rumour somewhere in Mulanje. People complained to their leaders in various circles including politics. Only one MP, his name is Kalindo responded in total concurrence with his constituents that what people said was indeed true. But to his surprise this deserved a rebuke from his own party he represents in parliament, DPP. In its rebuke the party accused the alarmed MP that he was promoting rumour mongering and that he needed to stop with immediate effect. Further… Read more »
Ntchito
Guest

The president must resign. How can he be believing in witchcraft in the 21st century? And you entrust that kind of person to lead 18million people?

Jemusi
Guest

Weak president, weak police. You tell me the police cannot deal with the situation? What is wrong with Malawi.
Just arrest these fools and do not give them bail.

This is pure criminal!1

Zion
Guest

Very sad, this stifles development and will have a long-term effect on the economy and the people. Thi is an urgent matter of public security and must be curbed immediately as the nation has already descended into anarchy.

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