Four found with cases to answer in albino murder

SIMBOTA —We have interest in this case

The High Court in Mzuzu on Tuesday scraped off the genocide charge from the seven people who are being suspected of brutally murdering a 54-year-old man with albinism, Yasin Phiri, in Nkhata Bay District.

The court has found four out of the seven suspects with cases to answer on homicide charges while the other three have been released.

In her ruling on whether the seven suspects have cases to answer, Judge Dorothy De Gabrielle, said the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they committed the genocide crime.


Senior Assistant Chief Advocate, Waliko Nkosi, said the court is expected to set the date when the case will enter defence for the remaining four suspects who will be answering the murder charges.

“The judge has acquitted all the suspects on the genocide charge but she has found the four suspects to answer murder charges. We have respected the court’s ruling and we will wait for the court to give us a date for the case to enter into defence,” Nkosi said.

The suspects, Frank Kweni Khonje, Bonzo Chore, Gwera Banda and Peter Poya Banda, are being represented by Chief Legal Aid Advocate Chimwemwe Chithope.


Meanwhile, president of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi, Ian Simbota, has described as a disappointment that the state failed to provide enough evidence on the genocide charge.

“We have interest in this case because we feel if justice prevails, it will be a warning to others who still think we are not human beings. We still have hope in our Judiciary and we know that justice will prevail when the murder charges continue,” Simbota said.

Phiri, who was a worker at Kande Health Centre in the lakeshore district, was brutally killed on December 31 2018 at his home in full view of his 14-year-old son.

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