The High Court in Mzuzu has delivered a landmark ruling in the continued spate of albino abduction and killings by sentencing a 32-year-old man Sam Wamisi Kaumba to life imprisonment.
Kaumba was charged of abducting and attempting to kill a person with albinism.
Judge Dingiswayo Madise made the landmark ruling that will set a precedence to the country’s judiciary.
And the ruling comes at a time when Mulanje South Parliamentarian Bon Kalindo is pushing for Parliament to endorse death sentence on those involved in the malpractice.
Justice Madise said Kaumba deserved a stiffer punishment to deter the would-be offenders considering that the tendency of albino killing has increased in the country.
According to Madise the punishment handed to Kaumba is a maximum sentence and he could never be pardoned even by the Head of State.
Kaumba was arrested in September last year in Karonga when his plan to kill an eight-year-old albino boy Molton Juman was foiled.
Kaumba and his accomplice Fiskani Mtambo tricked the boy by convincing him that his mother asked them to take him to a nearby market to collect a chicken.
However, on their way the two dragged the boy to a nearby forest and started cutting his throat and arms before he was rescued by well wishers who heard his cries for help.
The boy sustained injuries on his neck and arm and was later admitted to Karonga District Hospital.
Kaumba hails from Cheyama Village, T/A Kyungu in Karonga
Since November 2014, at least 18 people have been killed and at least five have been abducted and remain missing.
Albino bones are believed to be sold to traditional healers for charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck.