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A nation of murderers

With Tsibweni Chalo:

The past few weeks have been very brutal. We have recorded a number of cold-blooded murders which are often synonymous with countries at war.

Pictures have been trending on social media of men drowned in pools of their own blood after their lives have been cut short by criminals hungry for blood.

Mdzukulu, I shudder to imagine why we, typically known as the Warm Heart of Africa, have turned into callous beings that no longer care about the value of human life.

Life is sacred; it does not have a price tag. Religious books and State documents agree that life should be protected using any means necessary.

But, Mdzukulu, there are also those criminals who are also using any means necessary to kill others.

On Tuesday, one of the worst horrors in recent memory was recorded in Nkhata Bay where villages went on rampage, butchering each other like wild animals.

What we are hearing is that the fracas left at least four people dead.

The whole thing was senseless because, according to what we have learnt so far, there was nothing that should have resulted into such deaths.

One death is one too many.

It beats my mind, Mdzukulu, how normal human beings would descend onto each other with such brutality. Does human life no longer matter?

It was clear, from the way the attacks were exacted—as seen in the pictures circulating on social media—that those who were attacking each were after nothing but killing.

But, how do two villages send at least four of their people to their early graves just like that? How different are we from conflict-ravaged areas where people kill each other with careless abandon?

It appears a certain spell has been cast on us by some angry gods whom we have wronged in some way. A nation that persistently sheds blood and does not seem to be ready to relent in its thirst for brutality, is a cursed nation.

Mdzukulu, it appears a certain kind of anger is simmering within ourselves. We are an angry people, for whatever reason.

Elsewhere, we know that the anger is emanating from the way the May 21 elections were apparently managed where some quarters believe there was collusion to lift someone to the top when people allegedly rejected them.

But, how about the Nkhata Bay communities?

Why all that anger among people who should have been living together in harmony?

The problem with village-to-village conflicts is that they seldom completely end. Seeds of hatred have been sowed among the communities that went to war in Nkhata Bay.

Nevertheless, Mdzukulu, it is my sincere hope that there will be a way of healing the wounds that have been created by the senseless killings in what should otherwise be a peaceful lakeshore place.

I pray that as days go by, the bitter memories will eventually seep away of the hearts of those that have lost their loved ones in the attacks.

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