“The Diocese of Zomba wishes to express its full cooperation with the arms of the law to see that truth and justice for the victims is established in this case,” he said.
As the Local Ordinary of Zomba Diocese, the Archbishop announced the suspension of the Malawian Catholic Priest from his Priestly ministry saying, “Laws of the Catholic Church are clear and in the case of Reverend Father Thomas Muhosha, he is henceforth suspended from Priesthood awaiting conclusion of the case.”
“Upon the conclusion of the matter by a competent court of law, due Church processes will follow according to the prescriptions of Canon Law. Meanwhile, we will do all we can to assist the police in their investigations whenever we will be required to do so,” Archbishop Tambala said.
In the June 27 VOA report, Pilirani Masanjala who represented the government in the case said he was happy with the judgment and sentencing.
“It ensures that all the persons who have been found, charged and convicted of all these heinous crimes will face the full arm of the law,” the Malawian prosecutor said.
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Reports by international entities have indicated that persons living with albinism in Malawi are under threat.
In 2016, a United Nations expert on albinos, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, said persons living with the skin condition in the Southern African nation are at risk of “systemic extinction” due to attacks that are ignited by superstitions.
A 2018 Amnesty International (AI) report on albinism in Malawi indicates that “since November 2014, the number of reported cases against people with albinism (had) risen to 148 cases, including 14 murders and seven attempted murders.”
Citing the Malawi Police Service and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the AI report indicates that “Only 30 percent of the 148 reported cases against people with albinism (had) been concluded” and that at the time, “only one murder and one attempted murder cases (had) been successfully prosecuted.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.