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More arrests imminent in Macdonald Masambuka murder

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Police say more arrests will be made as investigations into the abduction and murder of Macdonald Masambuka, a person with albinism, continue.

Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said so far, they have arrested 11 suspects in connection with the murder who will appear in court as soon as the investigations are over.

“The state wants to have strong evidence so that we secure convictions in court. So far we have 11 suspects in custody who are answering various charges like murder, conspiracy to murder and accessory to facts after the conspiracy. Since the investigations are on, we can expect more arrests in the case,” he said.

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The body of 22 year old Macdonald Masambuka, who came from Nakawa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nkoola in Machinga, was found on April 1 after he was reported missing in March this year.

Since then, police have made a number of arrests, including a fellow police officer and a health professional.

The latest to be arrested,

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Thomas Muhosha, is a priest of Mulombozi Parish under the Zomba Dioscese of Roman Catholic Church,who was picked last week.

Meanwhile, the Local Clergy Association of Zomba Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has appointed two representatives to be visiting Muhosha while he is police custody in Machinga.

A letter from the Diocese to its priests dated April 18, 2018 which Malawi News has seen, says the visitation of priests has been limited to two to avoid interfering with police interrogations and investigations into the matter.

“Following a meeting that the executive of Local Clergy Association had with His Lordship this afternoon, His Lordship Bishop Tambala strongly advised that apart from the two representatives, the clergy should refrain from any visit to the station until further notice from Zomba Diocese Higher Authority,” reads the letter in part.

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