Police in Phalombe on Thursday arrested a man identified as 32-year-old Francis Kamoto for selling private parts believed to be those of his 28-year-old brother he is also suspected to have murdered.
Kamoto hails from Katemera Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkhulambe’s area in the district.
Phalombe Police spokesperson Augustus Nkhwazi said the two left Malawi in 2008 and were staying with their elder brother at Nam’bwala Village in T/A Mpindura’s area in Khoromana, Mozambique.
He said the two brothers left home for beer at a nearby village on August 21, but the deceased never returned.
“The deceased’s wife became suspicious by the conduct of the suspect. A man-hunt for the deceased was launched and his body with the head cut off, eyes, intestines and private parts removed, was found in a decomposed state in a nearby bush,” said Nkhwazi.
“His body was buried right where it was found because of the state it was in and people started searching for the suspect who by then was at large and was believed to be hiding in Mozambique.”
He said to the contrary the suspect was found offering male sexual organs for sale to a businessperson within Nkhulambe area in Phalombe.
Nkhwazi said the organs had been smoked on fire apparently to prevent them from decomposing.
He added: “Members of the community policing were alerted and the suspect was arrested while attempting to drown himself in a river in order to escape the arrest. He is expected to be handed to Mozambican Police as the incident took place in Mozambique.”