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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Malawi Court Jails Priest, Police Officer, Medical Practitioner on Albino Attack

In her ruling on Monday, Judge Dorothy Nyakaunda Kamanga sentenced five people to life in prison with hard labor for the death of MacDonald Masambuka.

Judge Kamanga also sentenced Catholic priest Thomas Muhosha, police officer Chikondi Chileka and three others to 30 years in prison with hard labor on charges of human tissue transactions.

Clinician Lumbani Kamanga has been given a 60-year term on charges of extraction of human tissue.

Masambuka went missing from his village on March 9, 2018. Less than a month later, his limb body was found buried in the garden of a house where one of the attackers lived, in the Machinga district in southern Malawi.

Albino Attackers Leave Court After Being Sentenced On June 27, 2022.  (Lameck Machine / Voa)

Albino attackers leave court after being sentenced on June 27, 2022. (Lameck Machine / VOA)

Court documents show that Masambuka’s brother, Cassim, lured him to meet the brother’s friends. The documents say the brother claimed he found a girl for MacDonald Masambuka to marry.

But authorities say when the group reached their destination, they grabbed MacDonald Masambuka by the neck and dragged him to the garden where they killed him. The documents say his attackers cut off his limbs and burned his body with gasoline.

Cassim Masambuka was sentenced to life in prison for murder along with a 14-year sentence for human trafficking.

Pilirani Masanjala represented the government in the matter. He said he was satisfied with the verdict.

“It ensures that all the persons found charged and convicted of all these heinous crimes will face the full arm of the law,” Masanjala said: “So, this is something that for us, as directors for public prosecution, we are glad to see that the courts are doing these days. ”

The national government did not comment on the sentences, but has previously condemned the attacks on albinos.

The lawyer for the convicted individuals, Masauko Chamkakala, said he would talk to his clients about the way forward.

Attacks on albinos are a chronic problem in Malawi and some other Southern African countries.

William Masapi, A Representative Of People With Albinism, Said The Sentence Serves As An Educational Tool For Those Who Attack People With Albinism.  (Lameck Machine / Voa)

William Masapi, a representative of people with albinism, said the sentence serves as an educational tool for those who attack people with albinism. (Lameck Machine / VOA)

A representative of people with albinism at the court, William Masapi, said the sentences serve as a deterrent to such attacks.

“Because we are also human beings. We must enjoy life, “Masapi said.” We have responsibilities in this country; some of us work in government and participate in the development of this country. So, people need to learn from today that we are people with albinism like they are. ”

Boniface Chibwana, the national coordinator for the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Malawi, welcomed the sentencing.

He also said there was a need to step up efforts to stop the attacks.

“If we look at the high-level staff, three people who work with the government, who work with the church who are involved in this matter, the issue places momentum in terms of sensitization, so that we come to a standstill. “Issues of murder and kidnapping of people with albinism in Malawi,” Chibwana said.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church in Malawi says it is working on the process of removing Muhosha from the priesthood.

This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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