By Michael Logan
Nairobi/Dar es Salaam (dpa) – Tanzanian police are holding a
Kenyan man on suspicion of attempting to sell a teenage albino for
his body parts, reports said Wednesday.
Attacks against albinos have risen in East Africa, particularly in
Tanzania, where witchdoctors use their body parts for potions they
say bring health and wealth.
Tanzania’s Daily News said that Kenyan citizen Nathan Mtei was
arrested near the town of Mwanza for allegedly trying to sell a young
albino man for 400 million shillings (263,000 dollars).
Mtei allegedly took his would-be victim over the border on the
pretext of getting him a job as a driver.
Tanzania is trying to crack down on the trade after dozens of
albinos were killed for their body parts in the last few years.