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Malawi priest sentenced to death for killing albino

A Catholic priest in Malawi, who was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of an albino man, has died.

Prison officials say 50-year-old Thomas Muhosha died on July 19, a week after being taken to a public hospital in Zomba district for depression, which led to mental illness.

“We do not know the exact cause of death, but the reason for his admission was depression and psychosis, which is according to the initial diagnosis,” said Malawi Prison Service spokesman Chimwemwe Shawa.

Shaw said that Muhosha’s illness has become so severe that he is unable to do basic work.

“He got to a point where he couldn’t eat, he was so weak and he couldn’t even talk,” Shawa said.

Muhosha was among 12 people sentenced by the High Court in Malawi in connection with the 2018 murder of 24-year-old Macdonald Masambuka, a man with albinism, in June 2022.

Masambuka had gone missing from his village on 9 March 2018.

Less than a month later, his limbless body was found buried in the garden at a house in the Machinga district, south of Malawi, where one of the attackers lived.

Malawi is one of several African countries where albinos face attacks, usually instigated by witch doctors who use their body parts in so-called magic potions.

Muhosha is among five people sentenced to 30 years in prison for transacting in human tissue extracted from Masambuka’s body.

Young Mahamba, president of the Association of People with Albinism, said Muhosha’s death was a setback to efforts to stop attacks on albinos.

“If we see prisoners dying it becomes difficult,” Mahamba said. “We believe that some of the information that those prisoners have cannot be disclosed again. So this is a bad development for us as people with albinism.”

The Catholic Church was in the process of removing Muhosha from the priesthood.

Earlier this month, Malawi’s government ordered police to conduct an investigation into the killing of former President Peter Mutharika and his former aide Heatherwick Nataba in connection with Masambuka.

Both Mutharika and Nataba deny any connection.

This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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