Malawi court imprison 4 people over albino bones: 4 years IHL

Four people who were recently convicted of being found in possession of human bones suspected to be of a person living with albinism, have been slapped with jail sentence by the Zomba Principal Resident Magistrate Court seating at Phalombe on Friday.

Jailed  with the albino bones: They were arrested in Phalombe

Jailed with the albino bones: They were arrested in Phalombe

The court has sentenced the four- a woman and three men- to four years imprisonment with hard labour each.  The accused were last month convicted by the court after pleading guilty to the charge of Prohibition of Sale of Body or Tissue contrary to Section 16 of the Anatomy Act.

Phalombe police arrested the four namely; Starford Chimenya,45, Kondwani Patrick, 38, Rose Kumpama, 39, and a Mozambican citizen Petro Jezemani, 33, on Monday night of 4th January, 2016 following a tip-off from a businessman the suspects had approached to sell the bones.

They were offering the said human bones for sale to a local businessman at Mitekete trading in the district.

On Friday, Principal Resident Magistrate Gift Dorothy Makanje slapped the four with custodial sentence, saying the offence committed was very serious considering the rise in incidences of albino attacks.

The magistrate observed that being a person with albinism in Malawi has become a challenge because of the behaviour of people like the four.

She, however, said she had considered the fact that they were first offenders and that they pleaded guilty to the charge thereby saving the court’s time.

The bones, which are eight in number, were certified by medical practitioners from Phalombe Health Centre to be of a human being.

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Ngalamayi
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Ngalamayi
7 months 12 days ago

I saw this in Zambia in 1970s and I believe the practice occurs in Tanzania, but how can Malawians treat their own people like this, just because of an affliction that is already making their lives difficult?! Education and harsh punishments are the only solutions to this problem, but I doubt it will reach the ignorant who practise this inhumane abuse of the innocent. Sad!

Jinack Chinula
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Jinack Chinula
7 months 12 days ago

15 years sentence would have been better than just 4 years because these people are a threat to the society.

Omex70
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Omex70
7 months 12 days ago

Indeed the ruling is very poor. Only 4 years what is that? This ruling by principal resident magistrate Gift Dolothy Makanje is so lacking. I have no single respect remaining for you Makanje. Maybe you are related to some of these wizards and a witch.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
7 months 12 days ago
What has penetrated into our hearts these days in our once God- fearing Malawi? Has it to do with the present brutal economic slump?Or because of the jungle laws in effect in Malawi.? What we must know is that Albino is a human being with red-blood like every human being .What has made the change of their colour is the lack of colouring matter in the body.We must all standup defend and protect our brothers in God.By all means,the government has unwavering tools to halt this barbaric practice that has become prevalent in our country these days.Again,this proves that the… Read more »
major
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major
7 months 13 days ago

Uyu ndiye fodya sopano zaka four zokha bas kupusa et mmmmxh

Frank Gomani
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Frank Gomani
7 months 13 days ago

But thats very lenient indeed and why?Even though they are first offenders but the case which they are answering is too big.Four years only and yet alone somebody has lost a life here.I believe this judgement shall be overturned one day.Malawi for sale basi.

2016 welcome
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2016 welcome
7 months 13 days ago

The magistrate is to say the least an acomplice. Crime has triumphed over justice. How can you sentence these criminals with only 4 years? Is this deterrent enough? I have seenit! Possibly you are the same person sending these heartless folks on these evil errands.

collen mbawa
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collen mbawa
7 months 13 days ago

Nkhani zotelez zikutionongela dzina muno muliyenda.thats a murder case;

KALIGONDO
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KALIGONDO
7 months 13 days ago

Zaka zachepa payenda diru

The Analyst
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The Analyst
7 months 13 days ago
O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O This idea of “first offender” and “pleading guilty hence not wasting courts time” is nonsensical and miscarriage of justice. You see, we all know or have an idea of the consequence (s) of our actions and if we go on engaging ourselves in such activities/actions, it means we are ready for the consequences. It should be known that more often than not; a plea of guilt is just a realisation (by the accused) that he/she was caught in flagrante delicto (in the very act of commiting the crime) and therefore haven’t enough weapons in their arsenal to defend themselves… Read more »
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