Two Mozambican herbalists arrested over murder of Malawian albino

Two Mozambican herbalists have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Malawian 17-years-old albino Fletcher Machinjiri late last month by convicted Malawian nationals Vuto Biswick and Emmanuel Robert.

Brutally attacked person with albinism in Malawi

Brutally attacked person with albinism in Malawi

Dedza  Police Deputy Piblicist Cassim Manda said the arrest of the two herbalists Tafatatha Chithanyula (60 years old) and Madalitso Tafatatha was the done after working closely with ther Mozambican counterparts in Domwe.

Manda said Domwe Officer in Charge Julio Gabriel informed Malawian Police Officers at Dedza that the suspects from Undi Village in Traditional Authority in Angonia, were arrested.

But he said their Mozambican counterparts turned down a request to come to Malawi when the Dedza Police Officers went to Domwe.

He has disclosed that the Malawian Police Officers are in the process of having them suspects tried outside Mozambique.
“It is a long process but as of now we have already compiled all necessary documents for extradition process. Our legal advisers through Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) will apply for extradition in that will be debated in court of our requested country,” he said.

“And the court will decide whether to release the suspects in question to the jurisdiction of the requesting nation.”

Meanwhile the Malawians Biwick and Robert who killed the albino were slapped with a 25-year-old prison sentence.

Dedza First grade magistrate Eneta Jiya Banda only sentenced the two on three charges, six years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) on the first count of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to Section 404 of the Penal Code and 12 years IHL on the second count of abducting with intent to murder contrary to Section 261 of the Penal Code, to run concurrently.

On the third count of trafficking a person contrary to Section 15 sub section (1) of Trafficking Act No 3 of 2015,  Magistrate Jiya Banda sentenced the two convicts to 13 years imprisonment with hard labour after getting the nod from High Court judge Ivy Kamanga as the offence of trafficking in person attracts a maximum sentence of 21 years, which is beyond the jurisdiction of the First Grade Magistrate’s Court.

The magistrate showed the court gruesome pictures of how Davis Fletcher Machinjiri was butchered by Vuto Biswick and Emmanuel Robert, who then took his body parts to Mozambique to sell.

Witchdoctors say potions made from the body parts of albinos – who lack pigment in their skin, eyes and hair – can bring good luck and wealth. They are prepared to pay K50 million for a complete set of albino body parts.

But  governments and human rights campaigners are battling to change  such wrong perception.

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7 thoughts on “Two Mozambican herbalists arrested over murder of Malawian albino”

  1. Esther wedson says:

    Ma foreigners nanuso kumera mizu eti!

  2. chawezi banda says:

    Shaaaa…

  3. Undani Misomali says:

    Kill them they have no place to live in this country

  4. willhe unyolo says:

    Those in custody shld be excuted

  5. Dan Wanainchi says:

    Extradition will not happen. Chamthunya should have been here first from South Africa where he is still enjoying eating sausages.

  6. The Analyst says:

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    Let our president take a particular interest in this case . . .
    . . . and, at this particular moment; therefore have a chat with his Mozambican counterpart Nyusi to let his (Nyusi’s) boys not be an impedimenta to APM’s boys in trying to have these witches or doctors brought here for justice.
    . . . Otherwise, if APM takes a laissez-faire approach (as he has thus far done), and let the two countries’ authorities do their work; it is more likely our policemen will not succeed in bringing these witches to Malawi, as they (Malawian Officers) will likely be frustrated with palaver of procedures until the witches head South or wherever.
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    Also . . .
    While it is important to push for extradition of these Mozambican Witches to Malawi; it is more important to not lose focus of those two men already in our capture.
    . . . As such, while we need these two already-captured men to give out as much information as possible for leads to their ultimate sender; this should not result in significant delays in having them sentenced and executed.
    . . . Because, although the information (given out) is equally important; some of it, may not even be acted upon, if found to point at some names in our society. We shouldn’t waste much time, thus.

    Pajatu . . .
    “Fodya wako ndiye ali pa mphuno; wa pachala ndi wamphepo.” – Malawian Proverb
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  7. Concerned citizen says:

    An eye for an eye. What is 25 years? Justice????????? Shame.

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