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NYAUDE—We have arrested one of our
own

A police officer and six civilians have been arrested for allegedly being part of a syndicate involved in the abduction and gruesome murder of a 22-year-old albino man, McDonald Masambuka, who went missing last month in Machinga District.

Masambuka was reported missing on March 9 2018 and, after weeks of investigations and arrests, one suspect implicated the police officer and led investigators to where they buried the body.

“We have been arresting people in connection with the abduction and killing of Masambuka and the latest is that we have arrested a fellow police officer and he is being investigated together with the rest of suspects,” said Thomeck Nyaude, deputy national police spokesperson.

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He said the police officer in question works within Machinga District policing area and police officers from Eastern Region headquarters in Zomba, National Police headquarters in Lilongwe and community members worked together to arrest the suspects.

As of yesterday afternoon, the body of Masambuka, whose legs and some bones were removed, was at Machinga District Hospital for postmortem.

Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) President, Overstone Kondowe, confirmed the sad news but declined to comment further on the involvement of a police officer.

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He said Apam, together with police, the taskforce for combating attacks on people with albinism and officials from the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare would meet to map the way forward.

Last week, a total of 30 human rights and governance organisations, including the Amnesty International, called for speedy justice in cases of abductions and killings of persons with albinism in the country.

Police close to the investigation told The Daily Times that this bust could potentially be a big break into the syndicate, which has been terrorising communities in Machinga.

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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