16 February 2013

Tanzania: Rukwa RC Sheds Tears Over Chopped Off Arm

Sumbawanga — RUKWA Regional Commissioner Ms Stella Manyanya shed tears in public after seeing a chopped off left hand of a woman living with albinism that was recovered on Thursday.

Ms Manyanya cried in front of a gathering on Thursday outside Rukwa Regional health facility premises as the Acting Rukwa Regional Police Commander, Mr Peter Ngusa, who doubles as Rukwa Regional Crime Officer exhibited the hand.According to the police, the hand of Maria Chambanenge was found buried in a forest at Miangalua village in Sumbawanga District .

The hand had already started decomposing when it was retrieved. The police had interrogated one of the suspects.The RC was with members of Rukwa Regional Defence and Security Committee and medical personnel and a team of reporters. Other people also cried on seeing the hand.

The RC ordered Rukwa Regional Police Commander Mr Jacob Mwaruanda to ensure that all those who are involved in the grisly incident are brought to book as soon as possible.The RC further hailed the Rukwa Police for job well done in tracking down and arresting the suspects who led the search team to the forest at Miangalua village where the hand was recovered.

The Commander said that Ms Chambanenge is now recuperating at Rukwa Regional Hospital. The RC has directed the RPC to ensure that such a grisly incident does not recur in the region . Narrating the incident, acting RPC informed the RC that five people, including a traditional healer, Peter Kazanda alias Kaponda (53) , a resident of Miangalua village, are involved.

Mr Ngusa said that other suspects include Linus Silukala (42), a businessman from Soko Matola area in Mbeya City, Mtongwa Suleiman (30) and more. A cross-section of Miangalua villagers interviewed by the 'Daily News' on Thursday who preferred anonymity say that the suspects led the law enforcers to the spot where they had buried the chopped off hand.

It was further alleged that other suspects arrested are Gabriel Yohana, husband to Maria Chambanenge and her brother-in-law, Gaudensia Yohana. According to eyewitnesses, Silukala established a friendship with Gabriel, the husband of Maria who with Gaudensia conspired to chop off the hand of Maria and bury the hand after consulting a traditional healer, seeking to acquire unimaginable fortune. According to acting RPC, the five suspects are jointly charged with assault.

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