Death penalty still in Malawi laws, can be used on killers of persons with albinism  —Justice Minister

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has said  the country still has a death penalty law  and that though it  hasn’t been used since the change to a democratic government in 1994, it can be court’s discretion to apply it to  any murder case including  people found guilty of killing persons with albinism .

Tembenu: Death sentence is still on the statutes

Tembenu said this during a SDG Question Time debate   organised by Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and United Nations Malawi focusing on human rights which featured all the major parties ahead of the May 21 elections.

It has been 24 years since the Malawi government executed a convicted murderer, but during the debate  one  asked  whether the country can allow  has implementing the death penalty to deter attacks on people with albinism.

“Death sentence is still on the statutes and those who are being prosecuted (for killings and abductions) at the moment can still face it,” Tembenu said.

Tembenu disclosed during the debate that government has set aside 30 cases for prosecution and  the State are speeding the cases.

False beliefs that the body parts of people with albinism  bring good fortune have led to a series of attacks on them in Malawi.

But United Democrtaic Front (UDF) spokesman Ken Ndanda said during the debate thet imposing the death penalty for murder is a contentious one.

“Death penalty is an extreme which we can avoid by implementing the National Action Plan,” said Ndanga.

UTM Party’s representative Hellen Chabunya  said on death sentence: “An Eye for eye will make us all blind but we need to stop the silencing of the people who are about to tell the truth on the killings and abductions.”

Malawi Congres Party (MCP) representative Edgar Chimanjira concurred with Chabunya: “What is disheartening is that people are being arrested but when they want to reveal the truth they are being killed right inside police custody.”

Justice Minister said the death of suspects is under investigation.

“Let us investigate the cases first, something which is underway but let’s be slow to make judgement lest we make wrong conclusion,” he said.

In his contributions, People’s Party (PP)  representative Ben Chakhame  said  police should  be “free to do their work” and  allow the evidence of suspects to lead to the markets of body part for persons with albinism.

“We need special courts to expedite.The minister says we should wait; we will wait as we have with Robert Chasowa , Issa Njaunju deaths,” he said.

Meanwhile, many still believe the death penalty is the best way to deter potential murderers.

The United Nations, however, encourages Malawi to take other approaches to end attacks on albinos as Maria Jose Torres, the U.N. Development Program’s representative in Malawi, state the U.N. opposes the death penalty because “ it undermines human dignity”  and  “it is irreversible, meaning that innocent persons can be executed but if they prove she or he was innocent, it will never be reversible.”

She also said “ there is no conclusive evidence that death penalty is the deterrent to future perpetrators.”

Instead, Torres said, Malawi should strengthen its justice system to ensure that killers receive tough sentences.

 

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Jackson
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Jackson

Yes I need

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Stop suggesting SELECTIVE JUSTICE, you are a lawyer and justice minister.
Death penalty for all homicides, that’s why we have stealers of K145 million, caught pants down but nothing happens.

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Execute only one this shit will stop right away and one execution will save ten thousand. This UN is just rubbish why cant they tell the jews to stop killing Palestians? Warn the pipo and bring it into force you will see this will stop. All these who are just making noise are doing so because all their kids and relatives never met that brutal painful death. As a state do things that will protect citizens at any cost! Read the bible pipo used to be stoned to death,but now we can just use AK 47 thats it!

WATSON VAZIMOLO
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opha mzake nayeso aphedwe

dan
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dan

Why cant the same UN go and school the oldest democracy of the USA. The US knows that there are some people who are only animals in the body of a human being hence the lagality of the capital punishment. Besides both the the Bible and the Koran agrees with it
Ngati pangasowe okhetyemula makina a anthu opha ma albino aziwapatsa abale awo kuti atero basi koma utsiru tikulolawu ayi. This is purely demonic and we will not allow the devil to reign

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

Tanzania managed to albinos killing by death sentence. After activation of death sentence on albino killing mediately stopped in Tanzania and quickly find market in Malawi. Remember killers want to kill but not them to be killed. Death sentence is only you can stop it although to Christians is difficult to accept it

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

Of course some will cry but they are the first to point fingers at others when albinos are killed. This is the hard way but the only way. Don’t think ife ndiopephera kwambiri kuposa USA, Canada, Kenya, China, Tanzania. The same people that are objecting to this are the same that are vocal and quick to blame others. Are we saying kuti m’Malawi muno nde muli anthu auzimu kwambiri kuposa kwina konseku. Stupid Mtambo, stupid Trapence, ndinu mumachita advocate abolishment ya death penalty to intentional (deliberate) murderers which consequently encourages these killing. Stupid Mtambo, stupid Trapence you are hypocrites. You… Read more »

Babatunde
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Babatunde

Hahahahaha akuwabilibinya nayo ku saithi😆😆😆😆