Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, has told Malawians living in areas affected by blood sucking rumours that they should not be afraid.
President Mutharika was speaking this on Friday at Mulanje Secondary School in Mulanje where he interacted with the communities.
The president urged the affected communities to return to their normal routine saying his government will do everything possible to get to the bottom of the matter.
He also urged them not to lose sleep over the rumours as government has scaled up security in affected areas.
The rumours have led to the killing of six people in Nsanje and Mulanje as well as attacks on other people suspected of sheltering blood suckers or being blood suckers.
On the violence, Mutharika assured the people that Malawi Police are still investigating the violent acts and that they will bring to book perpetrators of the malpractice.
Mutharika said he is equally concerned with the matter noting that the rumours may affect the distribution exercise of coupons for subsidized farm inputs to targeted beneficiaries in the district.
Mutharika will also visit affected communities in Phalombe on Monday before going to Chiradzulu on Tuesday.