Wife’s confession saves suspected seller of child with albinism

Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM) Court in Mangochi Thursday dismissed a case involving 38-year-old man who was arrested on allegations that he had intended to sale his son who has albinism.

An artist’s impression of a court proceeding

The man, Nicks Adams, was arrested and put on remand after his wife, Vanessa Manyowa, reported him to her brothers that he had intended to sell their 14 year old son.

But soon after the Police arrested Adams, his wife went back to her brothers and confessed that she had just made the story up and that her husband had never made the assertions to sale their son.

Since the confession, Manyowa and her brothers had been pushing for withdrawal of the case but the court had hesitated in order to establish whether the confession was genuine.

Appearing before court, Manyowa literally broke down and, tears running down her cheeks, she confessed that she had just had a disagreement with her husband over farm produce.

“We quarreled over maize and ground nuts that we have; he refused to let me have a fair share so I made up the story and told my brothers who believed me and got him arrested,” Manyowa explained.

She continued remorsefully: “Now I realize that I did a very bad thing and I want the court to know that I lied: my husband did not make any utterance to insinuate that he intended to sale our son.”

Manyowa’s confession did not go well with the Presiding SRM, Joshua Nkhono who did not mince words in reprimanding the woman for making such serious accusations against her husband.

He said it was unfortunate and unbecoming for someone to take advantage of the situation at hand and falsely implicate others in such serious matter.

Nkhono described the issue at hand as very sensitive saying government, through all its security agencies, is doing all it can to end the spate of abductions and killings of people with albinism.

The Court discharged the case freed Adams but the SRM warned Manyowa against repetition of such accusations and he stressed that the court would punish anyone found giving false information on a sensitive matter like the one in question.

The case was closely followed by members of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) Mangochi Chapter.

APAM Chairperson for Mangochi Chapter, Jawadu London, said he was “equally deflated” with Manyowa’s confession.

“We heard about the case so we came in solidarity with our brother and we have heard everything as regards the court proceedings,” he said.

London added: “It is true that there are laws that protect innocent persons against false accusations; but there should also be evidence on the falsehood of the accusations to ensure that lives of people with albinism are also protected.”

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SYMPA
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SYMPA

Pple are now taking advantage of this situation to crucify those with different opinion..

Jubwada
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Jubwada

ummmmh mzimayiyu have to be punished for her false allegations , and for the husband ,be careful my brother with ur wife , ,,,, suzgo mnyumba ilo

Zee
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Zee

this issue leaves a lot to be desired, how could they just arrest someone on accusations without first of all doing thorough investigations on the same? now he woman reported to her brothers and then the brothers made it to police why didn’t the police investigate on to whom was he intended to sell the child? and again how sure can we be now that the woman is saying the truth.. the between her two allegations which one should we take?

Zina Kambu
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Zina Kambu

The woman should be prosecuted.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Yes,
She’s a danger to people with albinism. Potentally could sabotage efforts to deal with the scourge. Rock her up, she’s an accomplice herself. There’s definitely something she’s hiding or trying to protect.

Ngongoliwa
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Apa lathapo basi

YOYO
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YOYO

The man might have wanted to sell the child on the back of them having disagreements over money. BUT the woman has decided to change to save her marraige.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Komanso achawa ansangaaa? It should be the wife in the dock. She had a very poor thought. It’s her who imagined converting the child into Kwachas.