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Government condemns stories blood sucking, calls them a myth

Government Spokesperson who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Harry Dausi, and his Industry, Trade and Tourism Counterpart, Henry Mussa, have described reports that there are people who are sucking people’s blood as a myth that should be stopped.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lilongwe on Wednesday, the two Cabinet Ministers said innocent people are being victimized for no apparent reason, denting the image of Malawi.

“Stories of blood sucking in Malawi are mere rumours which have been making rounds from sometime back and should not be believed. From what I know, It takes a lot of technical expertise and skills to extract blood from a human being, including using suitable equipment and locating the blood nerves in the body, something that cannot be done just in a flash”.

“The prevailing vampire paranoia situation in Mulanje and surrounding areas has the potential to derail our efforts in promoting our country as a tourism destination but also as preferred destination for foreign and direct investment. No tourist or investor would like to come to a country whose citizens are attacking others due to such misguided beliefs. I would like therefore to ask and warn all those involved to stop this malpractice immediately since this practice is tarnishing the image of our beautiful country”.

The two said that despite there being no tangible evidence that anybody has had their blood sucked, people continue to be suspected of the vice and being victimized.

Dausi apologized to the Belgian couple, who were attacked at Madzeka near Lujeri Tea Estate in the early hours of 15th September, 2017, after being mistaken as the so called “blood suckers”.

The Belgian couple were Self-Drive tourists who had been attracted to hike on our Mulanje Mountain and had been travelling from South Africa to Cairo in their 4×4 vehicle. The couple was badly injured in the brutal attack and their vehicle was also smashed.

The ministers however, assured the public, tourists and development partners that government will get to the bottom of the issue and see to it that perpetrators are caught and face the law.

The Government Spokesperson also disclosed that President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika had extended condolences to victims of the attacks and assured that Police who are deployed 24-hours every day in the affected districts, will make sure everybody is safe.

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