Mzuzu, July 12, 2016, Mana: Despite calls from different authorities and human right activists asking people to end violence against people with albinism in the country, Police in Mzuzu have arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly insulting a woman living with albinism.

According to Mzuzu Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Cecilia Mfune, the woman identified as Constance Msiska on 10 July this year (2016), went to Matabwa Market popularly known as Zigwagwa in the city to buy oranges.

As she was passing by, the suspect, a man identified as Brino Nanthenga, started insulting her with a loud voice, calling her 'money'.

People tried to stop him, but he chose to lend a deaf ear to the call and he yelled more, saying the woman represents a lot of money.

“This made the woman to report the matter to police, which led to his arrest. He will soon appear in court to answer the charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace, contrary to section 182 of the [Malawi] Penal Code,” said Mfune.

35-year-old Nanthenga hails from Nyambalo Village in the area of Traditional Authority Khumba in Phalombe District.

Recently, the country has witnessed a spree of violence against people with albinism ranging from verbal abuse, abductions to killing which are mostly fuelled by ritual practices.

According to an Amnesty International report, 18 people with albinism in Malawi have been brutally killed since November 2014, with four people including a baby murdered in April this year alone.

In another incident, a 25 year old man was found dead in Chibanja Township in Mzuzu on Sunday morning after committing suicide by hanging himself.

Police said the deceased was a taxi driver who, before his fate, had given his friend the car to drive only to be involved in an accident later.

“What happened was that the deceased and his friend were at large running away from the car owner because he was afraid of being fired,'' said Mzuzu Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Cecilia Mfune.

A post-mortem conducted by doctors at Mzuzu Central Hospital showed that the death was due to strangulation. The deceased has been identified as Lyson Gama, from Mwelekere Village in the area of Traditional Authority Jalavikuwa in Mzimba District.


By Yohane Chideya and Annie Nyirenda