Malawi Minister of Gender, Children and Social welfare Patricia Kaliati has deplored acts of brutally murdering people to extract genitals for rituals.
Kaliati made the remarks on Tuesday when she visited the family of Janet Chitedze who was killed and had her private parts removed at Shadreck Village, in the areas of Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mchinji.
“Government is concerned with criminal activities occurring in the district, and we are working with the police to ensure that there is security in the district,” she said.
Kaliati who also visited a victim of domestic violence Linda Phulani who was severely beaten by her husband in the same district on Friday last week, said it is appalling that Mchinji is in the news for the wrong reasons.
“Where is humanity? How can a man murder his own cousin and remove her private parts just because he wants to get rich? If you want to get rich work hard and venture into farming,” said a visibly concerned Kaliati.
She also condemned men who abuse their wives, saying men should take care of their families.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Mkanda condemned the brutal murder.
“Since I was installed as chief in this area I have never experienced such a spate of criminal activities,” said Mkanda referring to two more murders which occurred in his area last month.
Meanwhile the suspected murderer of Janet, her cousin Medson Selemani, 21, is still on the run.