Judge advises Catholic priest to seek new lawyer: Masambuka case adjourns to May 6

A High Court judge  in Zomba  Zione Ntaba on Tuesday was not happy that Catholic priest Thomas Muhosha’s  new  defence attorney Louis Bande did not turn up  for  hearing of a case in the murder of Mac Donald Masambuka, a person with albinism killed in Machinga last year.

Fr Muhosha withsome of the suspects and lawyers walk out of t Zomba High Court (former Parliament building)

Muhosha is one of the 12 suspects found with a case to answer in January and  faces the charge of transacting in human tissue.

Legal Aid Bureau’s lawyer Trouble Kalua, who is representing nine suspects in the case, while acknowledging that Muhosha has a right to be represented by a private lawyer, said further adjournments of the case were delaying justice on the matter.

On his part, Timothy Chirwa, lawyer representing clinician Lumbani Kamanga and Luckiness Magombo, observed that since the commencement of the case, Muhosha has changed lawyers twice.

Prosecution lawyer Steven Kayuni said the State will not allow Muhosha to derail the case and suggested that in the interest of justice, the priest’s legal representation should be taken over by the State through Legal Aid Bureau.

The judge advised Muhosha  to find another lawyer to represent him and that he shouldn’t delay the case and  adjourned the matter to May 6 .

Ntaba  said should the priest fail to identify one, he will be represented by the Legal Aid Bureau lawyers.

The body of Masambuka, 22, who hailed from Nakawa Village, Traditional Authority Nkoola in Machinga, was found buried on April 1 2018 after he was reported missing in March the same year.

Besides Muhosha, the suspects include Masambuka’s biological brother Cassim White Masambuka. The deceased’s brother faces three charges of murder, trafficking in persons and causing another person to harm a person with disability.

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Prophet Mborol
3 years ago

From experience that I have gone through my hard life ,albino killers do this on their own thinking.Believe me .All those talk of their people when caught do it for the sake proctetion.

3 years ago

And, as for the lawyer who does not show up (without) notifying the Court, and without valid reasons: will he face a disciplinary hearing from his professional body?
Probably not. He’ll just bribe the administrators – his fellow lawyers. This being our Malawi, so corrupt and living in the past; and lawyers not operating in manners that adhere to modern professional standards of accountability!

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Hassan nkhata
3 years ago

Birds of same feathers flock together I wonder what the Christian fraternity could have been if muhosha was a sheikh .My conclusion there are millions of Christians who are murderers

Prophet Mborol
3 years ago

Despite being in the court ,most of Malawian lawyers ndi akuba.About the case I should personally say..People who tend to think that albino can yield them money actually kill and in course of looking for market several phones are called .In this scenario the names of people who where contacted become criminals suspect.This happened to me too.APA palibe khani mwini khani ndi wakupha basi

3 years ago

Ansembe angokhalira ndale, kunyenga, kumwa mawa, kupha ma albino……zamanyazi kukatolika.

Iwe bishop Msusa wake up , stop campaigning for UTM and concentrate on God’s job. Look the church is now a laughing stock. Your former Zomba diocese is the most shameful of all.

3 years ago

Muziona a Fazala Muhosha, m’malo modyetsa anthu ukalisitiya inu muli ai pachepa koma kupha ma alubino. Bachezani mu ndendemo the free world has no space for you evil minded morons.

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