DNA analysis for Malawi police officer, medical assistant over albino killing

Two professionals, a medical assistant and a police officer are to undergo DNA tests to determine with they had a hand in the killing of a person with albinism whose body was discovered in a shallow grave on Saturday in Machinga.

Pathologist Dzamalala conducting the autoposy

The body of the person with albinism, Macdonald Masambuka, was discovered on Saturday after he went missing on March 9, 2018.

Hospital and police authorities said on Monday, pathologist Charles Dzamalala was conducting an autopsy on the body on Monday at Zomba Central Hospital before the hospital conducts the DNA tests on the medical assistant and a police officer allegedly connected to the death.

Overtone Kondowe, president of the Association of the Persons with Albinism (APA) welcomed the move to conduct the DNA test, saying this would solve the mystery on who killed Masambuka.

“Looks like we will have a break through, this is a welcome move,” said Kondowe.

The police have arrested nine people, including the two professionals, recovering two out of the six bones missing from the body of Masambuka who was 22.

Acting registrar of the Medical Council of Malawi, Richard Ndovie, said the council would conduct a parallel investigations on the medical assistant.

“If our investigations show that he was involved, then we will take action which might include suspension from practicing medicine or his name being struck off from the list of medical assistants practicing in the country,” said Kondowe.

He said medical professionals are subject to the laws of Malawi, warning they are not above the laws of the land.

Society of Medical Doctors president Amos Nyaka expressed shock that a medical assistant had been named in the gruesome killing of Masambuka.

“…We are extremely enraged with the allegations. Our ethics and conduct committee will conduct an investigation to get to the bottom of the issue,” said Nyaka.

He said the society will then report to the Medical Society of Malawi on its findings.

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4 years ago

What a sad story. Life of a human in worthy far much trillions of dollars more than all the properties of the richest people in the world put together. These killings are inhuman, barbaric and a play out of evil to the core. To the government: please ensure that this case is dealt with the right levels of swiftness, determination and justice that it deserves. I know it’s not a good story to be associated with any government/country but how you deal with it will determine your position on these killings. This case shouldn’t die off silently, it shouldn’t run… Read more »

4 years ago

I only hope the DNA will also prove an inner circle that might have existed on the albino killing. Otherwise DNA test not necessary since killing is not only by physically taking part. Or suppose he was using other things like gloves since these two people are not ordinally Kameme persons.

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