Suspected albino killer priest arrest shock Malawi citizens: Catholic Church suspends Fr Muhosha
The arrest of a Catholic priest in Machinga on suspicion that he took part in the murder of a 22-year old person with an albinism has shocked Malawians, who reacted on social media, saying this is a sign of the end of the world.
Father Thomas Muhosha of Mulombozi Parish in Zomba was arrested on Monday and is being investigated by the Eastern Region Police after he was mentioned as one of the people who took part in the brutal killing of Masambuka, confirmed national police spokesperson James Kadadzera.
The body of 22 year-old Masambuka, who hailed from Nakawa village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkoola in Machinga was found on April 1 buried within the district after he was reported missing in March this year.
Police traced the body following confessions from initial suspects who had been arrested in connection to the crime.
Speaking their minds in various social media platforms, some Malawians say this is the least they expected and came as a shock after the arrest of a police officer and a clinician over tthe abduction and brutal murder of Macdonald Masambuka, a young man with albinism from Machinga.
“My faith has evaporated now, this is the unexpected,” wrote one on Facebook.
Another person said the people in white robes are not as innocent as they pretend to be, saying no wonder some of the priests have run secretive marriages and father children out of wedlock when they bless weddings themselves.
However, another lady said say priests are humans and have their weaknesses too therefore they should be forgiven.
Father Thomas Muhonya was arrested on Monday as he was about to cross the borders to go to Mozambique after weeks in hiding and massive police hunt.
Gift Trapence, executive director of Centre for Development of People said the arrest of the priest, the police officer and the medical practitioner is an indication that some influential people are involved in the killings.
“The arrest of these people can reveal the market of the bones, who is involved and where it is involved. This is the chance to get to the bottom of the matter,” said Trapence.
Timothy Mtambo, another rights activist asked the police and the courts to speed up the trial of the suspects, saying delays can lead to mob justice on other suspected murderers.
“This is sad. These people are denting the image of the institutions they work for,” said Mtambo.
The Association of People with Albinism (Apam) says it is scared with the news adding that albinos are in great danger as they have nowhere to run as churches have always been regarded as a safe refuge.
Said Kondowe: “If police officers and church leaders are being implicated in such cases then who should we trust? The church has always been regarded as a citadel and police are entrusted to provide security to people, this really signifies tough times on the outside.”
The Catholic chirch has since suspended the priest over the matter.
Bishop George Tambala of the Zomba diocese in a statement seen by Nyasa Times distanced the church from Muhosha’s alleged conduct saying the church defends the sanctity of human life and the killings of persons with albinism is a violation to that sanctity.
Reads the statement in part: “The diocese like the rest of the Catholic Church has always strongly condemned the killings of persons with albinism. It is with sadness, profound shock and shame that we have leant of these allegations against a priest from our diocese.”
He further said the diocese is in full cooperation with the arms of law to see to it that truth and justice prevails in the case.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Zopusa,wapolice wachipatal wansembe
Kodi bwanji a ma bungwe musakukonza ma demo against this barbaric act? ma demo amene mumawadziwa ndi okhawo against APM basi? A PAC mukuti bwanji?
Ali mommo kkkkkkk
Abambo mfumu nanga ndi chaninso? ZAka zones zija ku seminary ufiti kulephera kuchoka. Wakukhalirani zenizeni pa msana satana ndithu.
He was trying to cross over to Mozambique? Sad. He knows something!
Thomas Muhosha left the priestly calling along the path of his life. Every time he wore the lawn and performed the duties of a priest, he wasn’t at peace. And God was watching all the time from His vantage point up in heaven. He was giving him chance to repent before exposure to the rest of the world. Sad thing is that he choose to ignore the promptings of the Holy spirit. Today he is a subject of shame. The lesson for all of us is always be true to yourself and don’t ignore God’s grace. Hypocrisy is sin and… Read more »
Left the priestly calling…..like a certain fake accented ex-reverend
Muhosha, dzina la chilomwe,alomwe kukonda nkhanza. Let’s join hands to remove DPP in government, zikutha izi.
OYIPA ATHAWA YEKHA. By attempting to flee Muhosha, you have proved that you are guilty in the court of the public. Wansembe mpaka kumachita ZAUCHIGAWENGA ZOOPSYA CHONCHI? Zoonadi sionse amene amanena kuti “Ambuye, Ambuye,” adzalowa Ku ufumu wakumwamba. A Muhosha mumasowa chiyani pamoyo wanu? Abale anu akumva bwanji ndi malodza mwachitawa? Kumapangisa miss inu muli chigawenga chakupha zoona? Usatana umenewu munaphunzira kuti? IT IS BETTER TO BE A GOOD CHRISTIAN THAN AN EVIL PRIEST. I AM DISGUSTED WITH THIS DEVIL IMPERSONATING AS A CATHOLIC PRIEST. WELLDONE THE POLICE!!! CRACK THESE MURDERERS DOWN AND COURT GIVE THEM DEATH SENTENCE BY FIRING… Read more »
Ah ! Bishop Tambala should we believe you sure ? Faith is available to anyone who really believes in Lord Jesus, therefore everyone should just grip to his faith. Men of collar have failed us many times and every time.
Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. See these catholic fathers who pretend to be holier than their followers. Who invite the people they preach to reveal their sins and have powers to forgive them. The followers go home smiling that their sins have been forgiven by the holy father. The holy fathers who preaches and advises the followers on the evils the government is doing on its people. Oh! Lord, see now the same holy fathers being involved in the killing of the people they are preaching to. Lord, we are stranded, please come to rescue… Read more »