Malawi court fines albino bone hunters K20, 000 as MPs call for ‘lenghty sentence’

Kasungu magistrates’ court on Thursday fined two people K20, 000 each or on default 18 months in jail for being found digging a grave where an albino lady was buried some several years ago.

MP Jolobala: We need stiffer punishment

MP Jolobala: We need stiffer punishment

As the magistrate was metting out the sentence, members of parliament, led by Machinga east legislator Esther Jolobola were seeking to change the law to have death sentences all those hunting and killing albinos including those seeking the albino bones through digging of the graves of the dead albino.

But in Kasungu, Magistrate Damiano Banda heard that Yamikani Phiri 23 and Peter Kamanga were caught digging the grave of Mirriam Mbedza in an effort to extract her bones.

The convicts were then charged with a lesser charge of trespassing a graveyard.

Both Phiri and Kamanga, who were arrested on October 25, 2015 for the offence, hail from Chief Kaomba’s area in Kasungu.

Meanwhile, at parliament building in Lilongwe, calls for stiffer punishment for people like Phiri and Kamanga grew louder and louder.

The members of parliament, from all political parties in the 193 strong House noted that the two to three year sentences to those seeking to extract bones of people with albinism was a mockery of justice.

They all agreed to change the legislation to ensure that those hunting or killing people with albinism should be behind bars all their lives to give peace to the people with albinism.

Just weeks ago, people with albinism asked the government to intervene so that special courts who can hear cases concerning people with albinism should be set up so that the court can give meaningful sentences to perpetrators of the crime.

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19 thoughts on “Malawi court fines albino bone hunters K20, 000 as MPs call for ‘lenghty sentence’”

  1. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    How do they tell the difference between the bones of someone who experienced albinism when they were alive, and those of someone who did not? Are they digging up ‘fresh’ corpses with flesh and skin still on the bones? If they like digging, why don’t they try agriculture?

  2. keliland says:

    The court is not wrong and is really in its right direction regarding the facts that the offence committed is a misdemeanor which can not attract a stiffer sentence. Mind u there are judges who confirm sentences from lower court.

  3. Mhango says:

    The courts are right if life sentence is implemented it means giving these culprits free of charge meals for the whole of their lives.Already prisons are congested.This punishment is reasonable enough.

  4. Stupid court I am sure the judge got something from this cruel people

  5. darth maul says:

    stupid courts and police, did you even have the time or intelligence to follow the trail to where were they going to sell the bones? nyo!

  6. noah saka says:

    osamalowerera ntchito yaoweruza_ziri boo

  7. AK47 says:

    ALUBINO SAKUSANGALALA NDI ZIGAMULO ZOKONDERA NGATI IZI.GANIZANI MULIINU

  8. mbava zopanda pake says:

    What wrong did the guys do? Anatola chotayidwa kalekale- sanaphe munthu. Nafenso we value dead people too much. Nanga bwanji osaletsa mputsi kuti zisadye zikanakhala zofunika- or kumasunga mnyumba

  9. Gundumulani says:

    Tingo chita appeal basis a judge mwatani kodi?

  10. DOBO says:

    The problem is neither a judge nor the judgement itself but the laws attached to the case. Our laws are weak and a judge can not make judgement outside the law frame. We have to fight for the change of law rather than making empty comments which exposes ignorance and stupidity .

  11. Muhiphethere says:

    Well done Jolobala on albinism.

    But why don’t you Machinga MPs make noise about the absence of a Boarding Machinga District Secondary school? Where do you think Machinga pupils will go and access their quality secondary education? You Machinga chiefs, MPs, DEM, DC, Faith bodies, why are you silent on the absence of a district boarding secondary school for Machinga? Do you know that you put pupils of Machinga under stiff competition for secondary education this way?

    As a citizen of Machinga, I am not inspired at all. Instead of utilising the UDF-DPP marriage to advance eastern agendas inu mwangokhala phwiiiiii kumangowamvela atumbuka akusokosa zopanda pake ku parliamentiko. Jolobala et al..please do something..

  12. pido says:

    Is hunting human parts a civil or Criminal offence? Is criminal offence fineable? oooooo alubino akutha cause anthu ake sakumangidwa mokwanira

  13. mbuzi jugdes says:

    It is better out chiefs and village heard men become judges than these idiots. What kind of law do they learn. No wonder all they are good at is kuchinda mahule and stealing clients money

  14. Nadzimbiri says:

    Mr Banda is not a judge but rather a magistrate…. Musatukwane ma judge olakwa ali magistrate.

  15. Isaac says:

    lets review our laws, the judge/magistrate has no case here

  16. mbuli67 says:

    What level of a judge was presiding over this case? Why is the government allowing such law qualified judges hand such cases? Zopangana eti? Tikukuonanitu.

  17. The Analyst says:

    In addition to punishing the culprit, a punishment is meant to deter would-be-offenders. But is the judge confident this K20 pin fine can deter anybody? Seriously?

    And what became of the government lawyer on this case? How do you accuse these guys of graveyard trespassing yet you know that graveyard trespassing is a lesser case hence would attract a comedy of a punishment like the one given here? Don’t you see that these people are fierce predators who can equally prey on and even kill a living albino?

    If am cutting down trees at a graveyard, I will be accused of graveyard trespassing. If am caught having a scary-quality time with my girlfriend, its graveyard trespassing. Is every offense committed at the graveyard a graveyard trespassing? What a strange unsoundness and narrowness of mind! What if I kill someone at a graveyard? You are not a good lawyer! Why do people refuse to see beyond their nose? Cant we see that the type of offense one commits at the graveyard should define the case more than the mere fact that it was committed at a graveyard? And what does Malawi Law Society do? Nothing! Instead of pushing for review of such and many errors in our laws, they just watch! A very useless and n-o-n-s-e-n-s-i-c-a-l society!

    These people have an insatiable lust for albinos and in their blood is untold propensity to harvest even a live albino’s esophagus yet you fail to see that n slap them with a mere K20 pin sentence? Malawi and its justice system is a joke!

  18. Likoma Economist says:

    K20,000! Less than the price of 1 goat! What does this tell us – killing albinos is a whorthwhile business! Malawi, oh Malawi, God why was I born Malawian?

  19. Kwende says:

    Shame, what is wrong with our judges? Where do u base your sentencing from? K20,000 really? I think they happily paid and went hunting for the next albino person or grave. Crime in Malawi is rampant because judges has also contributed to it due to their leniency, fotseki judges.

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