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3 with a case to answer for exhuming albino’s body

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Muloza Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court in Mulanje has found three men with a case to answer for conspiracy to unlawful exhumation of a body and exhumation of the body of a person with albinism.

The three are Thomas Ndini, 36, from Gladstone Village, Enock Banda, 26, from Manyamba Village and Jonas Ogara, 32, from Sathawa Village, all in Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in the district.

On the night of April 30 to May 1, the accused are alleged to have exhumed the body of Chosadziwa Kaunda, 16, who died two years ago and was buried in Chibade Village, T/A Njema.

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Of the three suspects, Ndini and Banda confessed to the charge of conspiracy to unlawful exhumation of the body but all three deny having exhumed the body.

The state led by Regional Prosecutor Christopher Makatani paraded five witnesses including Chosadziwa’s mother, Irene Moses, Village Head Chibade and Benson Maduka who the three are alleged to have confided in of their plans to exhume the body to prove the case.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Viva Nyimba, said the state has made its case against the two and they must enter defence.

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“Get me clear. I am not saying I have found you guilty but the state has made a prima facie case and you have to defend yourselves. The state must choose one count but that decision can be made later,” he said.

Southern Region Police spokesperson, Peter Mchiza, hailed the public which he said helped the police arrest the three suspects.

The suspects have already started defending themselves in the matter and the case returns to court on August 28 when the accused are expected to call more witnesses.

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