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Pilirani Masanjala

The High Court sitting in Zomba on Friday convicted two people for their involvement in the murder of Fletcher Masina, a person with albinism.

The incident happened on June 30 2016 in Ntcheu District.

Out of the 12 accused persons, one died while two were convicted of their own plea of guilt for the offence before the court acquitted seven others. This means the remaining three people— including Herbert Maloni, who was found dead outside Ntcheu Prison sometime back— were still being tried in the courts.

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Therefore, on Friday, the wheels of justice came full-circle for 46-year-old Steven Lupiasi and 36-year-old Ulemu Mwangomba, whom the court found guilty “beyond reasonable doubt”.

The court also convicted Maloni posthumously.

High Court Judge Redson Kapindu has since ordered an inquest into the death of Maloni.

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Kapindu has also ruled that both State and defence lawyers—that is, those from the Legal Aid Bureau— should make their submissions on the sentence 14 days from Friday.

In an interview after the court proceedings, Senior State Advocate Pilirani Masanjala said they would wait for the court’s ruling.

Lupiasi comes from Zuze Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chakhumbira, whereas Mwangomba comes from Chiwembu Village, T/A Masasa, both in Ntcheu District.

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