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4 found with human bones

By Samuel Kalimira:

KONDOWE—We are talking of about 153 attacks on people with albinism

Police in Mzimba District Thursday arrested four people for being found with five human bones suspected to be of a person with albinism.

National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said one family in Mzimba suspects that the bones are those of their relative who died in 1983.

Kadadzera said members of the family—who opted for concealment of their identity— observed that the grave of their relative was tampered with and the body was exhumed.

Kadadzera said police has managed to arrest the four suspects after investigations.

The suspects are Wester Mvula, 51, of Kamkunthe Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabilabo, 55-year-old John Phiri, from Shongeya Village, T/A Mabilabo, Richard Lungu, 62, from Somptwane Lungu Village T/A Mzukuzuku and McLoud Mphande, 61, of Godiyawo Shaba Village, T/A Mzukuzuku in the Mzimba district.

“We have arrested the four suspects and are questioning them. We have hope that they [the suspects] will lead us where they wanted to sell the bones. We are serious on this matter because we know that such cases attract national interest,” Kadadzera said.

However, some reports indicate that the suspects took two bones to Mundiyeye Village in Zambia.

Other reports indicate that two other suspects are at large.

Association of Persons with Albinism President, Overstone Kondowe, said their organisation wants justice on the matter.

Kondowe said people with albinism are living in fear due to cases of abduction and killing. In a recent interview, Kondowe said it was discouraging that the government was yet to honour a pledge it made that it would provide alert gadgets to all people with albinism.

At least 25 people with albinism have either disappeared or been killed since 2014.

Cases of killing and abduction of people with albinism have been making headlines, with people blaming the government for failing to deal with the issue.

One person—Lule Buleya—who was arrested in connection with the abduction of a person with albinism was found dead in a police cell. An autopsy report showed that he was electrocuted by police, a development which raises suspicion about the masterminds of the killing and abduction of people with albinism.

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