Albino killers invade Lilongwe City

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Another innocent life brutally murdered in Dowa. Her only crime was that she was born with albinism.

As reported a twenty one year old woman, Enelesi Nkhata, who was living with her grandmother in Dedza, was taken from home by her uncle, Gerald Phiri, 38, to Dowa.

It has been reported that the uncle lied to the grandmother that he will find a job and sunscreen lotion for her in Dowa.

But he had other sinister plans. The uncle, just like several others, had come to believe that the bones of a person born with albinism can be used for wealth charms.

Thus he connived with other nine people to have the girl in Dowa. They had found the market for the bones in Lilongwe, through one of the suspected killers. But the business did not materialize.

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Albino attacks on the rise in Malawi

The discovery of the death was done by the general public. They had seen him at his house with the girl for a week before she went missing. They suspected something wrong and they reported the matter to the police. They questioned the uncle until he revealed that the girl was killed for her bones. He led them to where the body was buried and gave the names of all his accomplices. They have all been arrested.

It sounds like fiction. But that brutality is real. The young innocent woman was probably happy and relieved that the uncle had indeed come with good news to her troubled life.

She looked at him as God sent, coming all the way from Dowa just to get her for the job and sunscreen. The grandmother as well easily trusted the uncle because he was one of their own and probably never thought of him doing her any harm.

But they were all wrong. The same man they thought had come to help ended up being the one to end the life of one of their own. For the record, this is the second ritual abduction and killing in Dowa in a space of three weeks.

After happening in Machinga for the past year, it seems the activity is moving into the central region. Within the month, a two year child born with albinism was abducted and killed as well in Kasungu. For the Dowa case, the businessman who was to buy the bones is from Lilongwe.

And that is where the danger is. When last week I wrote that xenophobic violence related to these abductions and killings are coming, just as it happened in Lusaka, Zambia, most people reacted that the message was inciting violence.

Another person threatened me with a court summon if the article will not be withdrawn. And one even said it cannot happen in Malawi because we are a “God fearing nation.” But the same person is failing to reason that in the same God fearing nation, people are abducting and killing each other for money. What can fail the xenophobic attacks?

That is the very aim of this piece, to raise awareness of the danger that is coming upon us. Lilongwe is a complicated place where matters can easily escalate. It is the center of everything in Malawi since it is the capital city. This is the first connection Lilongwe has to the abduction and killings of people with albinism, and we must all get worried.

Mutharika facing impeachment calls

Condemned the attacks; Malawi leader Peter Mutharika.

People of every kind of life, emotions, intolerance, among others, are found in this city. There may have been mild reactions in Machinga and Kasungu from the general public on the abductions and the killings. But make no mistake; Lilongwe is a different place. Should something connected to this issue happen again, the emotions will easily boil up and the reaction from the general public will be something Malawi would never have imagined.

The media may not have revealed who the businessman to buy the bones is, but by time people will collect the information. They will get to know everything. The real danger is that Lilongwe is the city that hosts a good number of foreigners. With most people already having the opinion that these people are taking our wealth, and with the first Dowa ritual killing which involved a foreigner from East Africa, the ones in Lilongwe will be the main suspects.

People will start looking at the wealth they have as coming from the ritual killings. And we must expect more cases from the city now. The fact that a Lilongwe businessman wanted the bones from Dowa, it tells that some businessmen in Lilongwe, who believe in the charms, will not take the risk of having the killing done somewhere far. They will start hunting right from the city.

This is a warning to all the concerned authorities. They are working hard to have this eradicated among us. But they should do more. The evil seems to be spreading. The police are the heroes of the situation. They are doing a commendable job. But they are being betrayed by the courts and the government as a whole. The Civil Society Organizations as well are not finding creative ways of dealing with the issue.

Let me give them an idea: They can use the trial of these arrested ten people, caught red-handed in the act, as the point of action. Gathering at every court appearance with placards showing how much tired they are with the situation, making all the kind of noise they can, asking the courts for stiff sentences, will take the addressing of the issue to a new positive direction. With it they can easily raise the conscious of the nation against this evil. People born with albinism need to see that we are being there for them.

And the appeal is for people to face the reality. Having a look of Malawi as an innocent God fearing nation, and that this issue will not escalate matters, will not help. All along, it has not been given the attention it deserves. People think it will end by itself. But as days go, new cases keeps on happening, and the practice keeps on getting rooted before our very own eyes.

About the writer: Wonderful Mkhutche is a speech writer, a political scientist and a manuscript editor and developer.

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  1. This news has been in the air for long time and there is a hope that you Know where albinos are sold but why do you arrest the people having such tendency of buying albinos? and can we say that you are too interested in this business?.This shows that there is no enough security there in Malawi.

  2. Mulungu tagwetsani chimoto kuti chizawonge dziko lose lapasi anthu ife sitikuva mwina kuzapezeka okuverani tikafa tose. Dziko lazaza ndi mbava,mahule,miseche,aneneri onyenga,fiti ndi anthu ompha azawo wosalakwa. Ambuye tiwonongeni tonse chonde kubwere mubandwe wina. Amen

  3. Mulungu tagwetsani chimoto kuti chizawonge dziko lose lapasi anthu ife sitikuva mwina kuzapezeka okuverani tikafa tose. Dziko lazaza ndi mbava,mahule,miseche,aneneri onyenga,fiti ndi anthu ompha azawo wosalakwa. Ambuye tiwonongeni tonse chonde kubwere mubandwe wina. Amen

  4. those who r in gvment r the ones doing ths busines. palibe chmwe angapangepo. ndiwmwewo akutuma anthuwo kt azipha anthu osalakwa. God wea r you? Punish them

  5. those who r in gvment r the ones doing ths busines. palibe chmwe angapangepo. ndiwmwewo akutuma anthuwo kt azipha anthu osalakwa. God wea r you? Punish them

  6. apa zawonetsa kuti amabungwe ndinu zitsilu munthu akupha mzake malomoti nayeso amphedwe muli alindiufulu inu panya…. ufulu mutipatsawo ndiwopusa mukuvomela mathanyula ukana RASTAR ungwira chito ari ndi rocks ndinu otani anthu inu koma mudziwe izi tikapezana pawiri ndi azanthu amene akipha anthu asalakwawo ife tizingowotcha basi toone timawufulu tanu tonukhato kuti mutani

  7. apa zawonetsa kuti amabungwe ndinu zitsilu munthu akupha mzake malomoti nayeso amphedwe muli alindiufulu inu panya…. ufulu mutipatsawo ndiwopusa mukuvomela mathanyula ukana RASTAR ungwira chito ari ndi rocks ndinu otani anthu inu koma mudziwe izi tikapezana pawiri ndi azanthu amene akipha anthu asalakwawo ife tizingowotcha basi toone timawufulu tanu tonukhato kuti mutani

  8. Let’s stop fooling ourselves and accept the fact that Malawi is not a God fearing nation. A God fearing nation can not be involved in such diabolical acts plus other filthy acts chancing in this so called God fearing nation. Maybe we didn’t get it right when they said ‘GOD fearing’,let’s turn back to our Bibles and read again for thorough understanding. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS TAKING ITS TOLL AND THE CONSEQUENCES ARE QUIET DISASTROUS. When we say that there are few true men of God in this nation and the world as a whole you should come to agree. These people should have been at the forefront praying for the world for these acts to come to an end but alas they’re busy accumulating wealth on the pretext that they would use the same to help the needy.

  9. Government is too soft from these criminal that is why they are on the rising #somewhere some-how the big fish is behind notorious business….Our country is not a safe place bzc even at our barracks they can killed or hijacked.

  10. Ofunika albino wonse atengedwe ndikukhala malo amodzi otetezedwa tione ngati mchitidwe oipawu upitilire zonsezi ndi vuto la boma lathu silikulabadira

  11. Ofunika albino wonse atengedwe ndikukhala malo amodzi otetezedwa tione ngati mchitidwe oipawu upitilire zonsezi ndi vuto la boma lathu silikulabadira

  12. Ohh father in heaven look , what iz happening there in Malawi people are killing each other with the purpose of getting rich , ohh jesus you a holy father u can close this situation at de same time .(FATHER YOU ARE THE GOD OV POWER LET THOSE WHO ARE KILLING TOUCH THE FIRE NOW IN JESUS NAME

  13. Ohh father in heaven look , what iz happening there in Malawi people are killing each other with the purpose of getting rich , ohh jesus you a holy father u can close this situation at de same time .(FATHER YOU ARE THE GOD OV POWER LET THOSE WHO ARE KILLING TOUCH THE FIRE NOW IN JESUS NAME

  14. Chonena chikusowa chifukwa munthu wasanduka chilombo azuthu inu kumwera mukuganiza chani? kupha munthu ngati nkhuku ndikulemera kotani kumene mukufuna? anthu akumwera mwati wopya ndipo mukuwononga mbiri yaziko kumbukirani kuti sikulina mazakukuta mano iyayi chonde chonde aboma tetezani anthu gwirani ntchito yanu mulungu akusogolereni

  15. vuto ndiloti anthu amagulu izi ndi omwewa ma High profile ndiye ndikovuta kuti tiwadziwe chifukwa masana awuza anthu zophanazi ayi usiku iwo omwewo akutuma anthu kaphene mulandila ndalama mwakuti.ndiye mkovuta kuti tigonjetsa bwanji popeza nkhoswe ali pa khate!

  16. vuto ndiloti anthu amagulu izi ndi omwewa ma High profile ndiye ndikovuta kuti tiwadziwe chifukwa masana awuza anthu zophanazi ayi usiku iwo omwewo akutuma anthu kaphene mulandila ndalama mwakuti.ndiye mkovuta kuti tigonjetsa bwanji popeza nkhoswe ali pa khate!

  17. Sorry malawians mwatenga kuti kharindwe longopha anzanu mngamve bwanji kuti munthu waphe mwana wanu kapena mayi wanu .nawonso ndi anthu ngati inuyo sinyama yoti mkapha mundya pliz malawi stop that behaviour

  18. Sorry malawians mwatenga kuti kharindwe longopha anzanu mngamve bwanji kuti munthu waphe mwana wanu kapena mayi wanu .nawonso ndi anthu ngati inuyo sinyama yoti mkapha mundya pliz malawi stop that behaviour

  19. Apa sitingazuzule anthu obwela vuto lako admin uli ndi xenophobia. Ulibe umboni kuti obwela ndii omwe akupanga izI uli ndi mtima woyipa wozesa chiwembu kumtundu wa anthu

  20. Get organised people of malawi, here in Zambia it Has been done, Foreigners are taking advantage of the situation, we are moving in fear in our own country, down them those that are doing it,

  21. Get organised people of malawi, here in Zambia it was been done are advantage of the situation, we are moving in fear in our own country,

  22. You have spoken a lot of albinism Mr writer. Good views that can attract a lot of Malawians. Of course one day, we will have to play our own xeno. Those eastern Africa people, will vacate, or die in Malawi. Tidzakwiya. U God fearing tidzauvula, nkudzavala satanism nkuyamba kuyenda door by door of the foreigners. Will not chase, or kill them because of that they staying in Malawi, NO, but because they killing us. When did we start staying with albinism in Malawi? Did we ever kill them? But as they came to Malawi to bluff us on their business cheating, is when our albinos started stay in fear.
    People of Dowa have a made mistake, they could kill them right away. Definitely those who are under government today, you see them again squandering in your areas.
    Mind you???

  23. Dats strange i’ve neva heard abt des before dats fault of stupid of Dpp gvt anthu akhala akumaphedwa wosalakwa # Michael Nganisko Phiri &Esau Longwe big up!!!

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  26. Ndipo ali ndiluso kuposa athu ife okuda ngati makala..umboni ndili nawo ive mai music teacher hire in RSA..nde mumakwiya chifukwayani anzungu akamakugulisani athu okuda?

  27. Opha albino nayenso aphedwebasi. Vuto malawi govmt ndilopusa limalimbana ntimilandu topanda pake kulephela kuthesa mnchitidwe uwu koma kumanga oyimba ,maplayer ,aluso ndiena osalakwa …thas my wornimg to the govmt ngati mukulephera kuthesa munene tione zopanga ndife bcoz umeneu ndubwana

  28. Opha albino nayenso aphedwebasi. Vuto malawi govmt ndilopusa limalimbana ntimilandu topanda pake kulephela kuthesa mnchitidwe uwu koma kumanga oyimba ,maplayer ,aluso ndiena osalakwa …thas my wornimg to the govmt ngati mukulephera kuthesa munene tione zopanga ndife bcoz umeneu ndubwana

  29. Ine ndikanakonda akuphawo ataphedwanso ndi cholinga chakuti ena akhale ndi mantha.Vuto ndi mabungwe oyang’ana za ufulu mdziko muno,mumawaikira kumbuyo afitiwa chonsecho saulula amene amawatuma.Funso mkumati kodi Albinoyo atakhala mwana wanu inu amabungwe mungamve bwanji?

  30. Ine ndikanakonda akuphawo ataphedwanso ndi cholinga chakuti ena akhale ndi mantha.Vuto ndi mabungwe oyang’ana za ufulu mdziko muno,mumawaikira kumbuyo afitiwa chonsecho saulula amene amawatuma.Funso mkumati kodi Albinoyo atakhala mwana wanu inu amabungwe mungamve bwanji?

  31. Ine ndikanakhala president wa dziko la Malawi ndikañalamura abale anthu albino abwere ku sanjika kaya ku lilongwe ndiye tione ngati anthu ofuna albino angalowe ku state house pliz a president athu panga ñi zothekA Izi źafikapo ndithu

  32. Malawi foolish people, crazy people, poor people and absolutely stupid when it comes to act on evill stuff. Why are you killing these innocent people as if you will live forever? One day god will judge according to your rubish act

  33. She was very bright with good grades in MSCE and was about to persue her tertiary education,agogo kumvetsa chisoni inu!!and Mafupawo anataya patchire atalephera kupedza msika imagine.

  34. Naonso ma albino alindi ufulu, alindi mwai oti atha kugwilatu ntchito ina iliyonse mdziko lathuli komanso m’ maiko ena ndipofinika boma lionepo bwino kwa onse ochitila nkhanza albino.

  35. Kodi abale anzanga. Kodi mungamve bwanji pamene mukuchoka kokupha albino pofika kunyumba kwanu mwapeza kuti munthu winanso wapha mkazi wanu kapena mwana wanu?

  36. These Albinos will going to be murdered forever and its a hot business. Because people who are beeing involved in this act are given fair punishment. And for example in my area people are also seeking albinos only that they are nt common. The government must Watch out!!!!

  37. Akagwidwa amawamasula basitu ndiye chifukwa chake ma albono ali pamavuto chonchi.kungompezo kumufotsera wamoyo basi zikhoza kutha poti bomali muliso anthu oipa ambiri basitu moyo wamunthu ulipamavuto

  38. y killng innocent soul?kod ziwalo akumapita nazo kut?mkulephera kugwira ntchito molimbik kukhalira kunamidzidwa basi?chonde otarewa kupedzeka zingopangidw zakunsaje zija.asing’anga nanuso pena mkukoledzera mchitidw wonyasawu,inunso mkufunika chilango chokwima

  39. Albino wa mwayetsa business ya mphamvu eti, Mukuona ngati Mulungu ndioputsa mukupanga zimenezi chifukwa chani? Taberekani wanu Albino muzamupange nyasi ngati mukupangazo tikuoneni ngati muzathe osamapanga zinthu zobwelera mbuyo amalawi, Albino is human being like us, musazitenge okhoza pamaso pa Mulungu Atate wathu paja musaiwale amapanga zinthu zodabwitsa zikamunyasa

  40. Eee koma ineyo ndili ndi kwiyo koma ndilibe phanvu zoima pa chulu nkulesa funs of this blood business,security siili bwino,vuto laku malawi sitimatha kupanga solidarity,tonse pamodzi tikhoza kuthesa this masicre killings,people lets do it

  41. ine ndikukhulupila kut a president athu akudziwapo kanthu naso nde business yawo nanga bwanji sakupangapo kathu pamene dairy tikuluza miyoyo choncho ngati nkhuku ana anthu kuphedwa ech dziko langa likupita kuti?

  42. THIS TOTALLY IN HUMAN.GOD IS WATCHING YOU ALL WHO ARE DOING THESE SILLY AND NASTY THINGS.WHY MALAWI UP TO THIS STAGE.ITS BETTER TO BE POOR THAN KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE TO ACCUMULATE BLOOD WORTHY.MIND YOU ZONSE ZIMENE TIKUPANGA PANOPA ZIZAULULIKA PA MASO PAMULUNGU NAMALENGA.MUZASOWA CHOWILUNGULA.

  43. Am sure our our courts treat albino killers with kid gloves ! Thus why this is continuing! If we can apply SHARIA law you will see change an eye for an eye!

  44. All involved in the killing of albino children should receive the death penalty and it should be reported in the media…maybe then it would stop.

  45. vuto ndi a Malawi human Rights zoona iwo akuziwa komwe akugulisa anthu awa koma safuna kukamanga ogulawo.basi kumalengeza zopusa kut albino complete set $72000 kusonyeza kut mumawaziwa ogulawo. mpaka news kulembedwa whole world zakupha anthu azathu_God will punish u!!!!!!!!

  46. Kodi athu oyang’anila zamaufulu amuthu mulikuti kapena ndinu nomwe athuwa analakwa chani kumangowapha ngati nkhuku nanga boma mulikuti(president)

  47. Kodi anthu akuphawa tichite nawo buanji…kodi mmidzimu mukuchitapo chani imkata ilipobe kodi can’t we set up protection planz to protect anthu osalakwawa from these demonz?……Kaya mwina tikudikila mzungu atiuze chochita

  48. Albino wa nawoso ndi anthu ngati ifetomwe. ndichifukwa chani a malawi tikupanga khalidwe lonyasa chonchi? mukamapanga khalidwe lanu lonyasalo muziziwaso kuti kunja kuno kuli Mulungu

  49. lamulo loti opha mnzake aphedwe likuyenera kut libwerere basi or else tipanga zomwe anapanga anthu ku zambia…boma palibe likupanga