The People’s Party (PP) has expressed concern over the time taken for government to come up with a report on the blood sucking issue which rocked the Southern Region two months ago, resulting in the death of over 10 people.
Contributing to the debate on the ministerial statement on the current situation of the alleged bloodsuckers in Malawi, PP leader in the House Ralph Mhone wondered when is the right time for government to come up with the report, saying it has taken long.
“I am wondering what timelines are there for government to get to the bottom of this. The issue happened several times and we are not even aware of the root causes,” he said.
Mhone urged government to finalise the report, saying the issue affected many people and hence should be handled with seriousness.
Blantyre West member of Parliament (MP) Peter Kumpalume (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) concurred with Mhone, saying the earlier the report is concluded, the better.
In her response, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama assured the legislators of government’s commitment, saying it will present the final report when it is ready.
“I would like to assure this august House and the entire nation that government will not relent but work tirelessly to ensure that there is lasting peace and order in this country. Once we get to the bottom of the alleged blood-sucking rumours, necessary steps and strategies will be put in place,” she said.
The blood sucking rumours have negatively impacted on the socio-economic development of the country since they started mid-September.
Over 10 people were killed by angry mobs for being suspected to be blood suckers.