One of the chiefs in Nsanje district has backed the call to impose death penalty on murder convicts especially those involved in the killing of people with albinism.
Government has turned down call to implement death sentence due to various international human rights charters Malawi signed.
Chief Malemia said Malawi needs to stand on what its Constitution states, and blasted government for failing to honor the Constitution.
“I could be a lay person but that shouldn’t be an excuse to counter our laws, we spend taxpayers’ money in making these laws, this is Malawi, not international institutions for human rights,” said Malemia.
Malemia added that death sentence will help to put to end the barbaric acts of killing people with albinism.
Meanwhile, Malawians expect the nude parade organized by Mulanje South Member of Parliament Elias Bon Kalindo to force government to have death sentence being practical in Malawi.
Section 201 of the Penal Code provides that individuals convicted of murder “shall be liable to be punished with death or with imprisonment for life.”
Records show that from 1972 to 1993 during Kamuzu Banda’s era a total of 823 were sentenced to death. Out of the 823 convicts, 299 were executed and the remaining ones died in prison.
However, On April 27, 2007, the Constitutional Court declared that mandatory death sentences were unconstitutional, inhumane and a degradation to human dignity.
The court was ruling in a case where murders convict Francis Kanfantayeni and five others were challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty.