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MacDonald Masambuka case adjourned again

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By Jarson Malowa, Contributor:

The High Court in Zomba has, again, adjourned to May 6 2019 hearing in the murder case of a 22-year-old person with albinism, MacDonald Masambuka.

The defence was expected to start parading its witnesses before the court Tuesday following Monday’s adjournment.

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However, the new lawyer for one of the accused persons, Father Thomas Muhosha, who is a Catholic priest, was not available.

Therefore, High Court Judge, Zione Ntaba, ordered Muhosha to bring his lawyer next month.

Ntaba said in the event that Muhosha fails to bring the lawyer, Legal Aid Bureau would represent him.

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She also ordered Malawi Prison Service to relocate all the accused persons to one prison by tomorrow.

The relocation follows a request by lawyer, Timothy Chirwa, who is representing two of the accused persons, and the bureau’s deputy director, Trouble Kaluwa, who is representing nine of the accused persons.

Chirwa and Kalua had complained to the court that they were facing challenges to meet their clients because they are located in different prisons.

Reacting to the development, State lawyer, Steven Kayuni, said they were concerned with the defence’s delay of the case.

“Our concern is that many sectors are patiently waiting for the outcome of this case and we are deeply concerned that the defence is delaying the proceedings,” Kayuni said.

Last month, the court said all the accused persons have cases to answer.

Masambuka went missing in March 2018 and his body was found buried in a maize field in Machinga a few days later.

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