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Malawian court sentences Catholic priest, Police officer, medical practitioner to death for killing albino for rituals

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A Catholic priest, Rev. Father Thomas Muhosha, alongside a police officer, Chikondi Chileka and a medical practitioner, Lumbani Kamanga were on Tuesday, sentenced to death by a Malawian High Court judge, Dorothy Nyakaunda Kamanga, for allegedly conspiring to kill an albino, MacDonald Masambuka, for ritual purposes.

Judge Kamanga also sentenced the duo of Muhosha, Chileka and three others to 30 years imprisonment with hard labor on charges of transacting in human parts, while Kamanga, a clinician, also received an additional 60-year term on charges of extraction of human parts.

Masambuka had reportedly gone missing from his village on March 9, 2018, and a month later, his decapitated body was found buried in the garden of a home in the Machinga district in the south of Malawi where one of the suspects lived.

Documents presented in court showed that the victim’s brother, Cassim Masambuka had lured him to meet the brother’s friends with the ruse that he had found a woman who was willing to marry the albino after many women had rejected him because of his condition.

Cassim Masambuka was also sentenced to life in prison for murder along with a 14-year sentence for trafficking in persons.

The court heard that Cassim and MacDonald got to their destination, the others who had been lying in wait grabbed MacDonald by the neck and dragged him to the garden where they killed him, before cutting off his limbs and burning his body using gasoline.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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