Malawi’s police publicist James Kadadzera said that at least 37 people had been arrested in connection to “bloodsucking” claims that have led to the death of six people in northern and central regions of Malawi.
For the past few days, there has been a resurgence of bloodsucking rumours that have led to a series of brutal attacks on people suspected to be behind the “bloodsucking” activities. Six people have already been killed as suspected “bloodsuckers”. Speaking to local media, Kadadzera said that no evidence of “bloodsucking” victims has been established. Kadadzera also noted that some people are creating “bloodsucking” stories to instil fear in communities. He then warned perpetrators to stop attacking innocent people and terrorizing communities over bloodsucking myth. He also pointed out that some of the arrested suspects are believed to have been involved in the killings of the suspected “bloodsuckers”.
The other suspects are believed to have enacted violence that erupted in Dowa and Ntchisi districts. In a latest development, the police were in a battle with angry residents of Madisi in Dowa as the residents were asking for a suspected “bloodsucker” who was under the protection of the police. Police fired teargas to disperse the angry residents.Meanwhile the police has disclosed that the arrested suspects will soon appear before the court to answer various charges.