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CHRR,CEDEP happy with conviction of albino killings suspects

Human Rights groups are applauding the judiciary for the recent conviction of two people who are suspected to have murdered a 54-year-old man with albinism.

On Wednesday, the High Court sitting in Nkhotakota convicted Frank Mkweni Thonje and Bonzo Chirwa in relation to the case.

According to a joint statement signed by the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation-CHRR and the Centre for the Development of People-CEDEP,  the verdict is an important victory for the rights of persons with albinism in Malawi.

The 2 organizations also believe that the court’s decision,  serves as a strong warning that the country does not tolerate crimes against people with albinism.

The verdict also sends a strong message that impunity for crimes against persons with albinism will not be tolerated.

The two rights groups are optimistic that the conviction sends a clear message to perpetrators that they will be brought to justice no matter how long it takes, and that sooner or later justice will prevail.

Meanwhile, CHRR and CEDEP have called upon the government to compensate the family of the deceased and provide support to his son who is believed to have been traumatized after what happened to his father.

While calling for tight security for persons with albinism in view of recent reports of attacks, the two organizations are calling upon the Malawi Police Service and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to advance other cases of attacks against persons with albinism.

These include the cases of McDonald Masambuka, Goodson Fanizo Makanjira and the recent case of 26-year-old Saidi Dyton, who was abducted and murdered on January 27 this year in Mangochi.

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Yassin Kwenda Phiri was murdered on 31st December 2018 at his home in Kande, Nkhatabay in the presence of his son.

Armed with machetes, the assailants broke into his home, stabbed him in the stomach and removed his intestines and severed his arms.

Meanwhile, High Court Judge Dorothy DeGabriel is expected to make her ruling on the matter at a later date.

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