BY FESTON MALEKEZO & BEATON CHIMENYA:
Police have arrested another suspect believed to be a master-mind in the death of 22-year-old MacDonald Masambuka, a person with albinism from Machinga District who was found dead with some body parts missing early in April.
Both Eastern Region Police spokesperson, Joseph Sauka, and National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, confirmed the development yesterday.
Sauka said the suspect, Cassim Masambuka, 31, is a brother to the late Macdonald.
Sauka said police made the arrest on June 28 following a tip that the suspect, who was on a wanted list, was hiding in Mozambique.
“Through investigations of our civilian police officers, we had a tip of the whereabouts of the suspects and, with the assistance of Mozambican law enforcers, we apprehended him and he is back in the country,” Sauka said.
Reports indicate that the suspect was promised that he was going to get a share of K40 million after completion of the deal.
The arrest of Cassim brings the total number of suspects in Masambuka’s murder case to 23.
According to Kadadzera, trial for some of the suspects will start today at Zomba Magistrates’ Court.
He said cases of those that are answering murder charges were committed to the High Court.
The body of the Machinga-based man with albinism went missing in February this year but was found buried in the district in April.
Police traced the body of Masambuka following confessions from suspects who had been arrested in connection with the crime.
Among those answering charges connected to the death of Masambuka are a police officer, medic and Catholic priest.
Since 2014, over 20 persons with albinism have been killed, over nine cases of abductions have been reported in the past four months while three people have been reported missing.
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