Man arrested for threatening to sell child with albinism

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A 37 year-old man has been arrested in Dedza district for threatening to sell a boy with albinism.

Raphael Meketoni

Raphael Meketoni arrested.

Confirming the arrest, Dedza police deputy publicist Cassim Manda identified the suspect as Raphael Meketoni of Silota village in the area of traditional Kachere in Dedza.

According to Manda, the suspect bought a bicycle in 2012 and since then it has been used by his brother Tseketsani Meketoni and his sister Odeta Meketoni. But after sometime, Tseketsani sold the bicycle to an unknown person without his brother’s knowledge.

On several occasions, Raphael has been asking his brother and sister to return the bicycle.

Last week, the suspect went to his sister’s house Odeta who has two children with albinism and asked her to take back the bicycle from the buyer.

Raphael told his sister that he would not leave without his bicycle unless she surrender one of her children to him.

Cassim Manda

Cassim Manda confirmed the arrest.

Raphael threatened to sell the child in order to buy a new bicycle.

Shocked by the remarks, his sister reported the matter to Tete police unit who later arrested the suspect.

Meanwhile Dedza police deputy publicist Cassim Manda has warned Malawians against the habit of using obscene language that can bring fear among people living with albinism.

“Whether it is your cousin or not but if you are uttering the words that bring some questions, such person would be locked up and taken to court for intimidation charge,” said Manda.

Raphael will appear before court soon to answer intimidation charge contrary to section 88 sub section (1) paragraph (a) of penal code.

Dedza police is currently recorded three cases concerning albinos and two of these cases are about intimidation.

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  4. Ar u telling mi that govt is failing to come up with a working solution on this…coz they ar just talking but no action so far…pliz try to gather them in small groups and let the army protect them while u will be looking for the murders and solutions to end it….we need a working action….pliz do something..

  5. Munthuyu akufuna Njinga yake….kodi mukakhala kuti ndinu Alubino ndiye anthu adzisowa mtendere? Mwatenga Njinga mwakagulitsa ndiye iye awope kukufunsani kti mukamunenera zabodza Ku police? Ma alubino musatengetepo Mwai okuba ndikugulitsa zinthu za wanthu…….apatsidwe Njinga yake.

  6. As long as am against this barbaric act of killing albinos, I don’t agree with the arrest of this man,,,,,, after following the issue I think the best way was to counsel this man,,,,,,, he was just quelling with his relative to give him back his bike, he was tired of asking for the bike and he just said give me your albino so that I can sell to replace the bike,,,,,, this man need counseling not arrest,,,,,, THERE ARE REAL ALBINO KILLERS AND ARE JUST WALKING FREELY,,,,, why are those not arrested,,,, I believe this issue is beyond witchdoctors,,,, during muluzi era it was mabere azimayi,,,, during JB era it was maliseche a zibambo and now it’s albinos,,,,, I hope someone somewhere knows the truth of this albino killings

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  8. He never meant what he was saying,he only tried to show how badly he needed his bicycle back for it was robbed away from him.If it wasn’t just a threat,he couldn’t even dare to disclose this.he could have done it secretly .i even believe that he never say those words with seriousness ,yet those two thieves made a mountain out of the mole hill just to get rid of him for he said,unless his bicycle is back he will never leave the place.So police,don’t take those lies so seriously.release him ndipo njinga yake munthu abwenzeredwe osati zomusemela chinyazo

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  11. I wld propose a death sentence for those found killing or attempting to kill an albino……..running ads in the newspapers or tv / radio wont help change anything,its tym for action anthu akutha awa aaah.Giving em(the culprits) a life sentence jst increases those feeding on our taxes, kill em to restore peace.
    KILL ALBINO KILLERS!!!!!!

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  13. Zinthu ngati zmenezi boma likuyenera kupanga chotheka,chmavuta nd chani kupanga ganizo lotheka mwachangu?Anthu azngophedwa chonch kma mauthenga a presdent ali phwiii pa wayiles bwanji sizkugwra ntchto?

  14. anzathuwa tinkawadziwa kuti ndi anapweri kalero sankaphedwa,koma mmene anangotembenuza chikwangwani nkuika cha albino taonani…..shame!

  15. Kodi ku Dedzako ndi kumalawi kapena ndikumozambique? If i can c dedza ndi dela limene likumveka ndi nchitidwe umeneyupafupi pafupi.Bwanji ngati anthu otelewo adzingophedwa nawonso,awone mmene anzanthuwo akumvela kuwawa?uuuuu dzikoli likupita kuti?koma ngati ndi demokalase zanyanya bolani nthawi yaaaaa?kunalibeko zimenezi.

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  17. Dedza wake up!! wake up!! Zimenezi timapha osati kumangisa, very soon he will be free from police!! M’dala ameyu pachakuti chambuyake ndithuu!

  18. GUIZ lets just kill once we catch them wakupha nzake aphedwe should be our first law to pursue if we want to curb ths atrocities as the Government has failed protecting its people living with albinism…mmh malawi will never ever be a civilised country if it’s inhabitants keep on doing ths barbaric acts… U know the problem is that those in ranks are behind ths siniful issue so how do we expect to end up this bullshit when we are amongst those big traders in this hot biznes? Wake up malawi! Dont be canibals coz consuming ths money is similary eating ur own fellow human being…OH MY GOD PUNISH THS PPLE ACCORDINGLY

  19. why can u just kill him?what do u want to investigate?u mean that munangophunzira kumangopanga ma investigation ndi kumanga basi pa six month,i think u know there aim behind of the albinism

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  21. No bail application for this man.He might be one of the suspected people who take part in the killings of people live with albinisms.

  22. Even anene komwe amakagulitsako its difficult to prove it ngat simupezako kanthu. Bear in mind kut mulandu ngat omweo uliko kudowa but the state is failing to prove it beyond reasonable doubt since the accused denied the charge

  23. Machende ake galu ameneyu m malo molimbikira maganyu kulimbana ndi zimenezi…tatopa nazo ife izi ma albino akusowa mtendere ndi anthu angati awa mbole yake.

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  25. kodi anthu ndiye akugwidwa akupha alubinowo.kodi bwanji osafufuza kumene amakagulitsa?ineyo ndikati ndionetsetse akugwidwa ndiakuphawo koma komwe amapita nawo ndikuti?anthuwotu amatumidwa ndianthu kodi anapanikizidwako anthuwa kuti awulule komwe amapita nazo?ndimamva kuti mamilion mamilion wo amakagutsa kuti?nanga kungopha munthu ungakhale ndimamilion?anthu akugulawo komwe amakagulitsako apezeke anthuwonso.bwanji anthu akuphawo saulula komwe akukagulitsa?ndizinthu zomvetsa chisonitu izi.kuti anthu amenewa atheke mufufuze msika wawowo kaye akamangidwe anthu amenewo ndiamene akupangitsa kuti alubino aziphedwa.anthu amenewo akaszagwidwa alubino sadzaphedwanso mufufuze kumene anthuwa amakagulitsa ndiye njira yabwino.i

  26. Abale, ena akuti akukhoza njira yothetselapo mchitindwe wakupha ndikusowetsa albino, Ena albino akusowabe, Mwina kongochitapo comment pakulankhula kwa amfumu amakata mu uthenga wawo wapamaliro ya Izeki anakambaposo zokhudza nkhaza ku albino amdziko muno ndipo anapitiliza kuti mwina alipo amene akudalila kuti azilimba ntima kusowetsa anthu ngati awa makamaka kwa iwo akulukulu anthu uku, ndipo sizingatheke kuti mpaka zaka ziwiri ali ayi tikufunafuna njira, Aaaa ee! akuluakulu pliz anthu akutha awa chonde aganizileni

  27. I appreciate my country for the huge protection over the albinos, my request is to ask you to proceed doing the wonderful work which you have started. May the good Lord be with you as you are handling this task.

  28. Wagwidwaaa!!! Aphedwe Nayenso, Coz Zanyanya And Anayambakulira Ndikale, People With Albinism Apeze Mtendere, Stupit Malawians Selling People 4 Money Then They Say ” Ndina Gwira Nchito Kut Ndipeze Ndalamazi” Zachamba!!!!