Police in Dedza have arrested 37 year-old Raphael Meketoni for threatening to sell his albino nephew so that he can buy a bicycle.
Speaking in an interview Thursday, Dedza police spokesperson Cassim Manda said Meketoni went to his sister who has two children with albinism and asked her to surrender one of the children so that he can sell him..
“In 2012, the suspect bought a bicycle and it has been used by his brother Tseketsani and his sister Odeta. Some months ago, Tseketsani allegedly sold the bicycle without the knowledge of the owner.
“It was last week when the suspect went to his sister’s house and demanded that she brings out the bicycle failing which she should surrender one of her children with albinism so that he can sell him and buy another bicycle.”
According to Manda, Odeta reported the matter to police at Thete in the district who later arrested the suspect.
He said Raphael, who hails from Silota village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kachere in the district, will appear before court soon to answer intimidation charges contrary to section 88 sub section (1) paragraph (a) of the penal code.
This is the third case Dedza police has recorded concerning albinos since December last year.
In December 2015, a woman was arrested for calling a person with albinism millions. She is now serving a three year jail sentence.
Early this month, the Dedza First Grade Magistrate’s Court gave a landmark sentence of 25 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) to two men convicted in connection to the murder of a 17-year-old boy with albinism who went missing in the district on April 14.