News/Malawi: POLICE HOLD MAN FOR SELLING OWN DAUGHTER.

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Subject: News/Malawi: POLICE HOLD MAN FOR SELLING OWN DAUGHTER.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Oct 13 1999 - 13:35:55 EDT


10-11-99 AFRICA: POLICE HOLD MAN FOR SELLING OWN DAUGHTER.
Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawian police in the southern district of
Machinga, about 120 km east of Blantyre, are holding a 39-year-old man for
trying to sell his own two-year-old daughter for 90,000 kwacha (about 2,000
US dollars).
Police spokesman Oliver Soko said Lapukeni Kaluwanje took his daughter,
Miriam, to Nsanama Trading Centre, a few kilometres from Ntaja, a town
where President Bakili Muluzi comes from.
"The man was openly peddling his daughter to whoever looked like had money
for the girl," he added.
Soko said a businessman, James Muliwa, bought the girl but handed her over
to police.
"He told us he bought the girl in order to rescue her from people who would
buy her in order to abuse her," he said.
Soko said the "unusual salesman" was later arrested at his village and is
being interrogated on his motive behind his bizarre business and possible
connection to a paedophile ring.
Human rights activists say the incident could be a tip of iceberg. Emmie
Chanika, who heads the Civil Liberties Committee, said government should go
beneath the saga. "We have lots of sick people in our midst," she said.
Chanika added that before being charged Kaluwenje should be taken for
mental examination.
This latest incident comes fast on the heels of a woman in Blantyre who was
busted two months ago for keeping young girls in virtual slavery. The
woman, currently under police probe, allegedly used to abduct young girls
aged between five and nine and give them various chores, including selling
snacks at bus stand.
The children are so brainwashed that they could not even recognise their
relations even if they spotted one.
The lid of the slave house was blown when an aunt of one of the girls
reported to police when her niece ran away from her when she spotted her
selling nuts at a railway station, wearing rags.
Police traced her to the house where they discovered several other girls.
Meanwhile, Tanzanian and Malawian authorities are probing a cartel of
witchdoctors from the two neighbours who are allegedly abducting women whom
they kill and take they private parts for use in making wealth charms.
Copyright 1999: Panafrican News Agency (PANA) Daily Newswire. All Rights
Reserved.
(c) 1999 Chamber World Network International Ltd.
MIDDLE EAST INTELLIGENCE WIRE
PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (PANA) 11/10/1999

Melanie Orhant
morhant@igc.org
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