Blantyre has become one of the districts affected by reports of blood sucking after a chief and a councillor were attacked by an angry mob in the district.
An angry mob in Blantyre on Tuesday damaged houses and property belonging to Group Village Headman Ntenje and Councillor Kamwendo at Ntenje village in Traditional Authority Machinjiri after accusing them of sheltering blood suckers.
According to reports, angry villagers from Nangumi, Kajawo, Ching’anda and Michongwe villages mobilised and destroyed houses owned by the two leaders.
The villagers also stole pigs, goats, bags of maize from the house of the GVH Ntenje.
The mob threatened to set the two on fire but the local leaders managed to escape unhurt and are under police protection.
The attack happened after Limbe Police on October 10 conducted a meeting at Seyama Primary School in the area to sensitise community members on the issue of blood sucking.
Meanwhile, police has deployed officers in the area to avoid similar incidences.
Rumours of blood sucking started in Mulanje in mid-September and spread to Nsanje, Phalombe and Thyolo.
Since then, six people have been killed while others have had their houses destroyed on suspicions of harbouring blood suckers or being blood suckers.