Malawi men held for possession of human bones

Malawi-Police-being-ispected-by-president-Peter-Mutharika. PHOTO: Malawi media

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Five Malawian men are being held in police custody for allegedly selling human bones.

The village headman Machinga district, Dyton Makwesela aged 50 and Lamilo Mambo 35, King Wiskies Tuwaliki Galagate 38, Witman Kadam’manja 29 and Mussa Sanuwedi Kamba 30 were recently after police received a tip from the public that the mentioned suspects were offering human bones for sale.

All the suspects have since been charged with offences of possessing human tissues, trespassing burial place, unlawful exhumation of human corpes and causing extraction of human tissues contrary to Sections 224 (A), 131 (A), 131 (B) and 131 (C) of the Penal Code as amended in 2016 respectively.

Malawi24 news quoted Machinga Police Station Public Relations Officer Constable Davie Sulumba who said following the information, police intensified its investigations and managed to arrest the first two suspects, Makwesela and Mambo on 7th January, 2019 at Nkasaulo Village along Bakili Muluzi highway after they were found with16 human bones.

“The suspects also confessed to have hollowed out the bones from two different graves, one at Nantunga village in the area of Paramount Chief Kawinga and the other one at Chilala village,” said Sulumba, adding that the suspects were taken to Liwonde Police where they revealed that they were not alone in the deal and led to the arrest of the other three suspects on 8th January, 2019.

Police further confirmed that the suspects exhumed the body of Abiti Katungwe Chitaile who was a leprosy patient and was laid to rest in 1970 while at the second scene, the suspect failed to locate the grave from which the bones were exhumed from.

The suspects have since been remanded in Domasi Prison as the case is still under investigation.

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