His arrest was in connection with the reported abduction and death in Machinga District of McDonald Masambuka, a young man with albinism who was reported missing and later reportedly found dead, with a number of body parts missing, in March 2018.
Making the determination on the bail application, High Court Judge Justice Kapindu said the decision arrived after looking at the serious nature of the offence, the odium that comes with the particular species of offence which lies at the core of the matter – namely fatal ritualistic attacks on persons with albinism, and the severity of the potential penalty that might visit the Father Muhosha if convicted upon trial, namely a maximum of life imprisonment.
“I have considered that releasing the Applicant on bail is likely to trigger an outpouring of public shock and outrage that may potentially disturb public order.
On the basis of these considerations, I find that indeed the Applicant herein might be tempted to evade his trial if released from detention. I have also found that if released on bail, the Applicant’s own safety would be in jeopardy,” said the judge in his part of the ruling.
“The Application for release from detention on Bail is hereby dismissed. The Applicant will continue to be remanded in custody until the conclusion of his trial or a further Order of the Court,” added Justice Kapindu in his bail ruling.
Father Muhosha of the Catholic Church was arrested on 16th of April 2018 at Nselema in Machinga District at a place called Mgalama where he had allegedly gone to visit some relatives.
Father Muhosha is currently detained at Zomba Central Prison pending his trial.