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12 have cases to answer in MacDonald Masambuka case

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By Jarson Malowa, Contributor:

HAVE CASES TO ANSWER—Some of the accused persons

The High Court in Zomba has ruled that all 12 accused persons have cases to answer in the murder of a person with albinism, MacDonald Masambuka, last year in Machinga District.

Masambuka (22) went missing on March 8 2018 and his body was found with some body parts missing a few weeks later.

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The suspects include Catholic priest Fr Thomas Muhosha, police officer Chikondi Chileka and clinician Lumbani Kamanga.

The other accused persons are Maxwell Matchina Sosola, Dickson Manesi Ndengu, Bashir Lilongwe, Alfred Yohane, Master Mphulanya Injesi, Innocent Wallace, Mussa Lilongwe, Cassim White Masambuka and Lackness Magombo.

Delivering her ruling, High Court Judge Zione Ntaba said the defence’s reasons for a no-case-to answer application did not satisfy the court.

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“The court, however, finds the State’s reasoning as valid for cases to answer in all the seven counts among all the 12 accused persons in this murder case,” Ntaba said.

Lawyer representing some of the suspects, Masauko Chankakala, who is Legal Aid Bureau Director, said he had nothing much to say on the matter.

“Now that the accused persons have cases to answer, we are going to take the next step by working on how we will defend the accused persons,” Chankakala said.

Meanwhile, the court has adjourned from the defence from March 5 to 8 2019.

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