Delivering the court's verdict in a packed courtroom in Kahama, Mr Justice Grabriel
Rwakibalila said it had been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused
committed murder on the night of December 1, 2008 at Bunyihuna Village in Bukombe
He said although some defence witnesses told the court that the accused were not present
at the crime scene, the same witnesses indicated that the defendants had conspired to kill
the young albino.
Mr Justice Rwakibalila said discrepancies in the prosecution's case did not alter the fact that
the trio had in one way or another taken part in the murder. He said the Chief Government
Chemist had confirmed that the accused's DNA was found on the severed legs of their
The defence immediately said it would appeal against the conviction and sentences.
Lead defence counsel Kamaliza Kayas said they were not satisfied with the verdict delivered
at the end of the trial that began on June 8.
"Justice has not been done we will appeal once all formalities have been finalised," he told
In Mwanza, several TAS members received the judgment with joy, and commended the
judiciary for expediting the trials.
"They killed an innocent and defenceless albino and they too deserve to die," said Ms Grace
Wabanu, an undergraduate student at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT).
"I believe this judgment will serve as a deterrent to people who intend to kill albinos in the
belief that their body parts will make them rich," said Ms Wabanu.
Mr Jamathon Magodi, the executive chairman of Concern for the Elderly (Coel), a nongovernmental organisation specialising in safeguarding the rights of and protecting elderly
women in the Lake Zone, said the judgment had encouraged the NGO to work even harder
to end atrocities associated with witchcraft.
"We are used to seeing culprits walk out of courts free, but now justice has been done this is
a very important step in our quest to end senseless killings against albinos and elderly
women," he said.
In another development, the High Court sitting in Shinyanga has found four people accused
of killing an albino with a case to answer.
Mr Justice Gadi Mjema said Mr Mboje Mawe, Mr Chenyenye Kishiwa, Mr Sayi Gamaya and
Mr Sayi Mafizi were required to respond to charges that they murdered Lyaku Willy in
Nkindabiye Village, Bariadi District, between December 4 and 8, last year.
One of the prosecution witnesses, Ms Glory Tom Machuve from the Chief Government
Chemist's office, said DNA analyses had linked some of the accused to the murder.