Indian community seeks justice on murdered Zaheera: Protest against suspect Gumrha’s bail application

Lilongwe-based Indian nationals have ganged up to demand justice on the brutual murder of Zaheera Jabbar Abanies last month.

Suspect Shaheen Gumrha (41) is currently under police custody awaiting trial on allegations that he brutally killed his wife using a knife
The deacesed’s father (on the phone) at the court with some members of the Indian community.

Zaheera, 36 and a mother of three was allegedly gruesomely murdered by her husband, Shaheen Gumrha last month using a knife.

The suspect, Gumrha, 41,   is currently on remand at Maula Prison awaiting trial.

In a statement which is aimed at mobilizing members to join the case, the aggrieved community is appealing for support from the general public to stand in solidarity for the late Zaheera and also pleads for justice to prevail.

The statement which Nyasa Times has seen said that “this message is a plea to all the heads of  and members of the various communities in Malawi, regardless of cast, creed or religion to stand together in solidarity tomorrow to show our support for the deceased.”

This prompted the community and sympathies to storm the High Court premises on Wednesday morning to protest against any attempt to grant bail to the suspect.

Amongst those who were part of the grouping was the father of the deceased and other family members.

This was happening as family lawyer Goba Chipeta and the defense Counsel Innocent Kubwalo worked on some paper work regarding the case, which court records show that there is a bail application

However, the lawyers refused to comment on the court proceedings which were held in chamber.

In an interview with Nyasa Times one of the sympathizers said they thought it wise to protest against the bail application as they feel like his temporally freedom will be a threat to the community.

“We will do everything possible to see into it that justice has been done,” she said.

Zaheera was murdered on December 19 last year in Area 9 suburbs of Lilongwe. The husband was arrested the following day as a suspect. Since then, he has been on remand at Maula Prison.

Last Thursday, the Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe committed the case to the High Court, which is mandated to handle murder cases.

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Njobvu
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Njobvu

Seriously, the Indian community of Malawi need to get a grip… especially those who are bribing the courts. It’s no secret what this man was like. It is not a secret that corruption is rife in the Indian community & that there are many more men like the accused, but none of the women will speak out. The Malawi courts must stand up for justice, conduct a proper investigation, prove their importance, not accept any bribes & make an example of this guy because there will be more victims.

Vichi ndi chani?
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Vichi ndi chani?

Let’s remember this guy is just a suspect. There was no proof the time I got very close to the center of the circus. There are people serving prison sentences just because they were judged based on their history not evidence on the case being accused. The problem nowadays is, you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent. AM NOT SAYING HE IS INNOCENT. All we need is justice.

Truth Pains
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The death of a woman is indeed regrettable but to say the truth i’LL urge my fellow black Malawians not to intertain the Indians invitation to join them in solidarity.

We had so many incident in this country including the Matching for killing of Albinos,
I have never seen even a single Indian ( mwenyes) joining the match .
So this time around u need our support nooooooo!!!!!!!!!! ways.

You can mobilise your fellow Indians and go on your own to the street.

Kaitano
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Kaitano

You are right! Very much selfish people!

Mtenzi Mzungu
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Mtenzi Mzungu

What really happened?

Gerald
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Gerald

But let’s be brutally honest had he murdered munthu wakuda you “members of the Indian community” you would have been in solidarity with this monster.
We all know you would have bribed the police and the judge’s and helped him escape to Gujarat….and like a fairlytail princess he would have lived happily ever after.
Anyway I pray that the family shall find comfort and that justice will be served.

Chifundo
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Chifundo

The guy was is on heavy drugs. He is being supplued in prison also.
In Malawi there is no justice.
Sorry Zaheera. You will get justice when your killer returns to your lord!

Indian Citizen of Malawi
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Indian Citizen of Malawi

He is a murderer and must be sentenced to life in prison. He killed his wife who was young, and has 3 children. His trying to come out on bail, please don’t let this man out. To the people of Malawi, we need your support in making sure he does not get bail. If he does he will run away…… Justice for Zaheera, Justice for a mother, justice for daughter, justice for this young women who was brutally murdered by her husband
Nyasa times cover this story closely.

Bystander
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Bystander

When Indians, and must say all foreigners, commit a crime in this country, and I mean any crime, they bribe their may out and stay peacefully. When the crime is really serious they are assisted to escape not only by their fellow foreigners, but by our own law enforcers. I remember one Ngosi was married to a white man and was brutally murdered in Michiru, Blantyre. The British husband was the suspect, but he was assisted to leave the country and case closed. He even took his daughters with him. So what are these Indians saying here? Do what you… Read more »

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

NP bail for this wicked man. Let him languish and rot in prison basi. What this man did is unheard of gruesome. People are very angry with him and if released I will be surprised with our justice system.

Katakwe
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Nsanje chifukwa mkazi amanyengana ndi munthu wakuda. Amafuna iwowo azigona nd azimayi achikuda. Kukomera mbuzi kugunda galu.

M'mwenye
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M'mwenye

…. koma galu akaluma mbuzi ndiye mlandu … Kkkkkkk

Uyo
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Uyo

What a stupid heartless comment. You obviously got your brains located up your arse. How insensitive can you honestly be. Shame on you katakwe. With a comment of that sort my friend, you will encounter difficulties all your life coz you don’t deserve anything better.

Wazahhh
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Wazahhh

Nope! In case you missed the memo Uyo, you do not have power over anyone’s life only God does

Bond Namiaka
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Bond Namiaka

The brutal death of the woman is regrettable. But the appeal for support from Malawians and faith community in their grief is laughable. Amwenye are disgustingly arrogant racists. They don’t carry out their civic duties such as Voting. They don’t come to our funerals. They ignore our invitations to social events such as weddings. And today they need the companionship of Malawians? B….s..