Police in Chikwawa have arrested two men for being found in possession of human bones suspected to be of a person with albinism.
Chikwawa Police Station spokesperson Foster Benjamin said the suspects—Lloyd Chakwamba, 34, and Luka Kadendere, 32—were arrested on Saturday at Mbande Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Maseya in the district. They were reportedly going to sell the bones to a businessperson who allegedly disappeared after the arrest of the two.
Said Benjamin: “Police came across the suspects riding a motorcycle and carrying a suspicious bag. Police searched the bag and found human bones wrapped in a plastic paper.”
He said investigations are underway to establish both the source and the destination of the bones.
Police have since charged the two with possession of human tissues. Both suspects come from Galanza Village, Senior Chief Ngabu in the district.
The arrest comes at a time cases of killing and abducting people with albinism are rampant in the country.
In an interview yesterday, Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) president Overstone Kondowe said government should learn from Tanzania and Kenya where people with albinism were also being killed but their governments contained the situation.
He suggested the establishment of a special fund for protection of people with albinism and their graveyards.