Though Malawi has signed various international agreements human rights, a local leader from Nsanje district has urged government to implement death sentence arguing that the constitution gives courts powers to hand out the penalty to murder convicts.
The call comes at a time when Malawi government disclosed that it will not implement death sentence in fear of international institutions that are in agreement with the country on human rights issues.
Reacting on the development, Chief Malemia said Malawi needs to stand on what its constitution say.
“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 see the barbaric acts of killing people with albinism dying a natural death.
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 a murder convict Francis Kanfantayeni and five others were challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty.