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Catholic priest arrested over albino killings: Church reacts

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The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has arrested a Roman Catholic Church priest Reverend Father Thomas Muhosha on suspicion that he participated in the abduction and killing of McDonald Masambuka, a person with albinism, some few weeks ago.

In cuffs: Reverend Father Muhosha In cuffs: Reverend Father Muhosha
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The body of Masambuka was found on April 1 this year after the arrest of some suspects including a police officer from Nselema in Machinga.


Police have confirmed of the arrest of the priest in an interview with the press, saying the priest is now at Nselema Police unit.


Meanwhile Zomba Diocese Bishop Desmond Tambala has expressed shock over the matter.


“The Catholic Diocese of Zomba has learnt with profound shock and shame the allegations against Reverend Father Thomas Muhosha, a priest of our Diocese linking him to the killing of albino, McDonald Masambuka.


“The Diocese, like the rest of the Catholic Church in Malawi has always strongly condemned the killing of our brothers and sisters with albinism,” reads the statement in part.


Added the statement: “In recent times, as a Diocese we have spoken out against the abduction and killing of persons with albinism. It is with much sadness that we have learned of these allegations against a priest of our Diocese.


“The Catholic Church defends the sanctity of life at any point of a person’s life and the killing of albinos is a direct violation of the sanctity of life.”


According to the statement, Father Muhosha is now on suspension.


“The 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,” added the statement.

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