By Pilirani Kachinziri:
Balaka police on Wednesday arrested James Majawa for allegedly being found in possession of a mutilated body of a newly born baby.
Majawa, 28, is from Chimphamba Village, Traditional Authority Nsamala, in Balaka District.
The suspect, who carried a black plastic bag, was on a train from Balaka to Nayuchi when other passengers got disturbed by a pungent smell from the bag.
The passengers complained to security personnel on the train, who, in turn, attempted to search the suspect’s bag.
Eastern Region police spokesperson, Joseph Sauka, said the suspect resisted to have his bag searched until he threw it out of the window of the train.
The security guards instructed the train to stop so as to look for the bag.
“They found it and realised it was containing a mutilated dead body of a newly born child. It had no head, no intestines and no private parts,” he said.
Sauka said, during interrogation, the suspect revealed that he got the baby from Phalula in Balaka.
“Currently, Balaka Police are investigating the issue. The suspect is likely to be charged with possession of human tissue, which is a felony,” he said.
Sauka disputed reports that the child was born with albinism.
Central and East African Railways Communications Manager, Chisomo Mwamadi, confirmed that Majawa was arrested after other passengers complained over the stench.
“We arrested and handed him over to the police,” he said.
Majawa’s arrest comes amid a surge in murders and abductions of persons with albinism in the country.
They are targeted for their body parts, which unconfirmed reports indicate are sold to be used in potions made by witchdoctors who claim they bring wealth and good luck.
Recently, activists took to the streets and presented a petition to Parliament, calling for imposition of strict penalties for people who attack or kill people with albinism.
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