Perhaps we are yet to believe that blood sucking is not real as scary reports on the vampire saga spread in Malawi before the truth has got its boots on.
Despite violence being condemned by authorities, reports reveal people are still getting attacked for being suspected to be blood suckers with the killing of Alfonsi Galagala being registered in Balaka on Monday this week at Chiyenda Usiku Township.
Further reports reveal people are living in fear in some districts of Malawi where the blood sucking reports have been registered.
Since blood suckers were reported in this country, four things are noted to have taken the steering to drive fast the saga in the areas that have been recorded to have vampires.
Years back, blood sucking issue was also reported in some districts of Malawi, people had sleepless nights for fear of being attacked by blood suckers. After some time, the blood suckers reports died a natural death.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje west constituency Patricia Kaliati recently offered K100, 000 to people who would show her evidence of blood suckers.
She knows that no one can bring evidence of blood suckers and that her money is safe since it is a myth that the country once registered and that has resurrected from the natural death.
Now, People are referring to that rumour of blood suckers in the past to justify mob attacks to people they suspect of being vampires.
Ignorance is another factor that is fuelling the blood suckers rumour in the country, people are suspected to be blood suckers for being found with electronic gadgets.
Reports reveal some people were to be attacked in Mulanje by an angry mob for being found with power banks in the course of carrying a field work. Other people are being attacked for being in possession of items like car battery jumpers in their cars. But, in their nature these gadgets were not made to be used for sucking blood. This could be the technology of its kind that people in some remote areas are yet to get to know.
This makes them easily suspect whatever gadget they don’t know.
Magic and Satanism
Lawmaker for Mulanje South Constituency Bon Kalindo claimed over a week ago that blood sucking is real and people are dying when they are sucked blood through mysterious ways.
In a voice clip that went viral on social media, Kalindo revealed that this is not a mere myth.
“People are seeing gold pipes in their homes and get weak,” he said.
From this speech, we could believe that the saga of blood sucking continues because of the works of magic and Satanism if gold pipes mentioned by Kalindo continue to appear in the homes of people of the affected districts.
We can include politics to be another factor that has kept alive rumours of blood suckers in this country.
The saga has depicted security challenges in the country with various diplomats warning their citizens not to visit some districts like Mulanje for security reasons.
Security is one of the issues that politicians can use to campaign or de-campaign fellow politicians, we could wonder why this blood saga started in the run-up to the October 17 polls. Senior Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official Henry Mussa said this is politics to “scare” people with reports of people being attacked so as to prove that there is insecurity in the country.
Mussa suspected “opposition parties” that they are behind scaring people with reports of blood sucking issue but that it is be proved right if Public Affairs Committee (PAC) suggestion is to be adopted that President Peter Mutharika should appoint a commission of inquiry to probe the rumours of vampires.
As it is now, having a commission of inquiry is ideal, as suggested by PAC, but it should focus on the areas mentioned above.
Have people that can prove that this is not magic or Satanism, have people that can prove whether politicians are behind this and have people that can help to deal with illiteracy level to end this saga once and for all.