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12 committed to High Court in McDonald Masambuka’s case

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BY JARSON MALOWA, A CONTRIBUTOR:

The Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate Court yesterday committed to the High Court 12 suspects in the case of 22-year-old McDonald Masambuka, a person with albinism from Machinga who was found dead with some body parts missing in April this year.

Chief Resident Magistrate Paul Chiotcha committed the 12, including suspended Catholic priest Father Thomas Muhosha, medic Lumbani Kamanga and police officer Chikondi Chileka.

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Muhosha, 48, is accused of transacting in human tissue whereas Kamanga, 49, is answering two counts of causing harm to a person with disability and causing another person to extract tissue from a person with disability, respectively.

On the other hand, Chileka, 35, is answering the charge of extracting human tissue and being found in possession of human tissue, respectively.

Another suspect Cassim White Masambuka, 32, MacDonald’s brother who was arrested on Wednesday, is answering charges of murder, causing another person to harm a person with disability and trafficking in persons.

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The other eight are Maxwel Sosola, 38; Bashir Lilongwe, 25; Dickson Ndengu, 24; Alfred Yohane, 26; Master Phulanya Injesi, 43; Mussa Lilongwe, 47; Lackness Magombo, 35 and Innocent Wallace.

In an interview after the court proceedings, Senior State Advocate Pirirani Masanjala said the 12 will remain on remand in various prisons.

“They will be answering different charges in the High Court and they have the right to apply for bail. The case will commence when the State is ready,” he said.

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