Mulanje magistrate Smart Maruwasa says despite rumours of bloodsuckers that affected some districts in the Southern Region, there is need to maintain law and order.
The magistrate said this in Mulanje on Friday during a meeting National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised on blood sucking incidents and the rule of law.
“No one is above the law. Everyone has the right to life, property and economic activity. It is, therefore, wrong to attack someone because you suspect him or her of a crime,” said Maruwasa.
He told the gathering that included traditional leaders, councillors and members of Parliament (MPs) that although everyone is innocent until proven guilty, some people lost their lives and their property was damaged.
So far, 30 people in the district have been arrested in connection with the blood sucking incidents, either for alleged murder or for being suspected to have damaged property, according to Beston Zawanda, a police officer at Mulanje Police Station.
Traditional Authority Mthiramanja said there is need to sensitise people not to take the law into their hands.
Mulanje Nice district civic education officer Twambilire Mwabungulu said they called for the meeting because what was happening bordered on human rights.