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7 more witnesses in Nkhata Bay albino murder case

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By Samuel Kalimira:

SIMBOTA— Things have gone out of hand

The Director of Public Prosecutions is ready to parade seven more witnesses in the case where 54-year-old person with albinism, Yasini Kwenda Phiri, was murdered at Kande in Nkhata Bay on December 31 last year, a senior official has said.

This raises the number of witnesses to 10, after seven suspects were arrested in connection with the case.

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The High Court, sitting in Nkhata Bay, started hearing the case on Friday last week.

So far, three witnesses have testified in the city.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson, Pirirani Masanjala, said the State was ready with its witnesses. The case continues on August 5.

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“The State has added the charge of genocide to the charge sheet,” Masanjala said, adding that this is because prosecutors charge in line with evidence gathered.

He said it was the first time the government was charging suspects with genocide.

Association of People with Albinism President, Ian Simbota, commended the government for the move.

“It is sad that we, Malawians, normally act when things have gone out of hand. We wish this development started some three years back. We don’t want to see people who are linked with the killing of people with albinism go scot-free because they disturb peace in society,” Simbota said.

The courts are handling about 150 cases of attacks on persons with albinism.

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