Angry Malawian Mob Stone 'Vampire' Politician

January 10, 2003

Blantyre: Hundreds of angry Malawians hounded a senior political figure from his house and stoned him late on Wednesday, accusing him of harbouring vampires. Blantyre Urban Governor Eric Chiwaya, a member of the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF), was the latest victim of a bizarre rumour that the country's government is colluding with vampires to collect human blood for international aid agencies.

Bearing severe cuts to his face and body, he said from his hospital bed that a crowd had hailed him with stones and other missiles, chanting "vampire" and threatening to kill him. Chiwaya said he knew some of his assailants, adding that political opponents were trying to discredit him and the government. The vampire rumours have sparked several vigilante attacks on suspected bloodsuckers in recent weeks, despite official attempts to stop the rumour. One man was stoned to death and three priests were attacked by angry villagers in the south.

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