A 22 year-old man in Dedza district who died at the age of six has returned to his village alive after spending sixteen years in Mozambique, police have confirmed.
The young man claimed he was abducted to Mozambique through magic. Dedza Deputy Police publicist constable Cassim Manda identified the man as Alinafe Chimwala of Nsolo village, group village Bwanali in the area of Senior Chief Kachindamoto in Dedza district.
According to constable Manda, Chimwala was born in 1994 and lost his mother Ayida Zande in 1996. He was taken by his grandmother Makulata Chibudula who was a teacher at Bwanje LEA primary school in Ntcheu. Chimwala started attending nursery school in 1996 and as son of a teacher in 2000 was promoted to start standard one at Bwanje LEA primary school. In early February, just a month into Standard One, he had a headache and was taken by his uncle Lovemore Zande to Bwanje hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body was taken to his home village but people were shocked to see his body sweating when they were putting it in the coffin. It is believed that Chimwala was taken through magic to Mozambique by a barren physician named Maulidi of sale village in Nacala-Nampula province 10 kilometres from the Indian Ocean where he treated him as his own son. In Mozambique in early of 2014, Alinafe again lost his Mozambican mother and it was the same year in October where Maulidi was admitted at a hospital. After he was discharged, he called Alinafe who was given the Mozambican name Anthonia and narrated the whole story on how he was abducted from Malawi. Mr Maulidi died the same month.
The young man was troubled with the death of two people he considered parents. He only spoke Portuguese, and in 2015 Maulidi’s brother decided to enrol him in a Chichewa camp, a place where people who want to visit Malawi learn Chichewa for easy interaction with people in Malawi. After a year of learning the Malawian language, Alinafe decided to return to Malawi to search for his kinsmen. “He came to Mtakataka police unit on Tuesday 8 march 2016 with full address of his home village and we sent our station’s criminal investigation officer of mtakataka police post, sub inspector Iness Pindani to call the whole Nsolo Village for identification. “Soon after he was introduced to his aunt Jane Iginasiyo who recognised him and started crying bitterly,” said constable Manda. Constable Manda said Alinafe was recognised due to his cotton hair, fat and shy face when talking, and his ball head. Said Manda: “Any person is entitled to know his own parent and as it is constitutional to that, a young man has been handed over to his kinsmen and handover ceremony took place at his own village in the presence of traditional leaders and he is now in safer hands.”