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Arrests after Tanzania albino attack

2013-02-16 22:12

Arusha - Tanzanian police have arrested five men in connection to a brutal attack on an albino woman whose arm was hacked off earlier this week, presumably to sell the limb for use in witchcraft.

Police said they seized the men after discovering the decomposing limb in a field on Friday, and after intercepting a telephone call between two men in which they allegedly discussed its sale.

"We have every reason to believe that they are the leaders," local police chief Peter Ngusa said on Saturday.

In Tanzania, albinos are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity.

The victim, mother of four Maria Chambanenge, 39, from Tanzania's southwestern Sumbawanga district, remains in hospital after the savage assault.

Albinism is a genetic condition characterised by a deficiency of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes which protects from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

People suffering from the condition are discriminated against and persecuted in many African countries.

Last month an albino child died in Tanzania's Tabora region after attackers hacked off his arm with a machete.

Kijo Bisimba, of Tanzania's Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) said recent attacks were "alarming" and pointed to an renewed spate of assaults "after months of calm".

Such ritual killings have also occurred in neighbouring Burundi and some of the attackers are suspected to be from Tanzania, where albino body parts can fetch thousands of dollars.

Comments
  • alan.w.nass - 2013-02-16 22:59

    Can we blame this on apartheid?? Pls do mr president, ur a laughf a minute!

      chuenetl - 2013-02-17 07:11

      Alan your very stupid.His Excellency Honourable President Zuma is the head of south Africa not Tanzania and if you don't like him too bad.

      chuenetl - 2013-02-17 07:11

      Alan your very stupid.His Excellency Honourable President Zuma is the head of south Africa not Tanzania and if you don't like him too bad.

      Philosopher - 2013-02-17 08:14

      How can someone call Zuma honourable?

      Philosopher - 2013-02-17 08:14

      How can someone call Zuma honourable?

      peejay.maclane - 2013-02-17 08:20

      Malawi has a female president Joyce Banda, before you comment research first. If u don't like Zuma just say so rather than blame him for every problem in the world. And yes, President Zuma's title is His Excellency The Honorable President Zuma which you'll never be called or be a president. Respect the country n its leaders or go to Australia

      peejay.maclane - 2013-02-17 08:20

      Malawi has a female president Joyce Banda, before you comment research first. If u don't like Zuma just say so rather than blame him for every problem in the world. And yes, President Zuma's title is His Excellency The Honorable President Zuma which you'll never be called or be a president. Respect the country n its leaders or go to Australia

      criticallyhonest - 2013-02-17 10:36

      You all miss alan's point.....Zuma made a public statement attributing violence amongst blacks to apartheid. It was a very stupid statement, easily disproven by incidents all over the world and throughout history. Furthermore extreme acts of violence are common in Africa, not just South Africa. Apartheid was a South African phenomenum....logically making utter nonsense of zuma's statement. Of course, an intelligent comment by zuma would have been to postulate that apartheid is a contributing factor to the the lack of control of violence amongst many people in SA, mostly those people who were negatively affected by it. Notice my emphasis on individual behaviours and control. Finally, yes....some people were exposed to the effects of apartheid, including people of all colours. To project the effect to all (and only) BLACK person(s) is not defensible, it is little more than rhetoric and populism....things that weak leaders resort to when cornered.

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-02-17 10:57

      Some of you people lack a sense of homour,leave Allan alone do not take out your frustratin on him.

      itse.nnete.1 - 2013-02-17 11:52

      What does this have to to do with Zuma or RSA for that matter?I fail to see the connection.

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-02-17 15:30

      No Alan it was Verwoerds fault

  • Justin Drake - 2013-02-16 23:12

    This happened in another country. It has nothing to do with our president. Your comment is laughable

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2013-02-16 23:16

      Not really justin. As zuma says its the african way . Direct quote

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2013-02-16 23:16

      Not really justin. As zuma says its the african way . Direct quote

  • cujimmy.okpall - 2013-02-16 23:12

    Not again its like an old record played again and again. But it's OUR CULTURE absent fathers, child rapes, extended families getting jobs and corrupt tenders, too many children to feed etc. Just stop making excuses for barbaric actions.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-17 04:54

    No Cindy Zuma does not rule Africa he rules the Country South Africa

      peejay.maclane - 2013-02-17 08:13

      Zuma is not a ruler but S.A president. Maybe u require english lessons to make a reasonable comment. S.A is democratic country and we elect new administrator every 5yrs

      peejay.maclane - 2013-02-17 08:13

      Zuma is not a ruler but S.A president. Maybe u require english lessons to make a reasonable comment. S.A is democratic country and we elect new administrator every 5yrs

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-17 04:59

    Alan this is in Tanzania there was never an Apartheid there, im not sure which President u referring to be laughed every minute, and since this is in Tanzania how would u know how they laughing every minute unless ur there or from there

      amanda.victor.92 - 2013-02-17 05:59

      But when it happens in South Africa then it's apartheid's fault. Pray tell how it can be blamed here on apartheid, but not in the rest of Africa! So, who's lying???

      amanda.victor.92 - 2013-02-17 05:59

      But when it happens in South Africa then it's apartheid's fault. Pray tell how it can be blamed here on apartheid, but not in the rest of Africa! So, who's lying???

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-17 06:20

    The sheer tonnage of dross that is dished out on these threads could stun a team of oxen in its tracks.

      dorovan - 2013-02-17 06:47

      Touche - and always comes back to the same stupid racial debates. The reason why we're probably not getting ahead as a nation

      dorovan - 2013-02-17 06:47

      Touche - and always comes back to the same stupid racial debates. The reason why we're probably not getting ahead as a nation

      iqhawe.eliqotho - 2013-02-18 06:30

      Reply in remembrance of a human life being sadly lost to savagery and brutality, or enjoy throwing race driven garbage back and forth mindlessly? Thanks South Africa for picking, always, the latter! Oh what has become of my home.

  • Rudolph Opperman - 2013-02-17 06:28

    Wow! They even hate their own whites.

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-02-17 10:51

      Are you mocking the albinos or you are trying to be sarcastic?

  • hulisani.nemaxwi - 2013-02-17 08:37

    We all know what recently happened in South Africa and ou Great Sportsman is involved. Blacks and Whites, there is nothing African about killing, be it performed by blacks or whites, all is absolutely awfull. If any of you is such a perssimist about Africa, whether you are black or white, why the hell dont you leave the continant and go where nothing is no Africa. Wake and smell the fresh air, our country is moving and shame you are so far back in the Van Rebeek times.

  • batlilemalik.ramasodi - 2013-02-17 10:27

    Ignorance stupidity will doom a nation

  • Annemarie White - 2013-06-09 07:13

    Witchcraft in Africa.

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