NSANJE-(MaraviPost)-Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Thom Ligowe who was assigned to take over Eric Aniva “Hyena” case from Nsanje First Grade Magistrate Anderson Masanjala, on Wednesday failed to show up in chambers as he is reportedly outside the country for other official duties.
Instead Judge Masanjala who recused himself from further presiding over the matter adjourned the matter to September 1, 2016. Meaning Aniva continues to languish in a Malawi jail for crimes condoned by traditional village elders. This is a crime of ignorance and our British court systems appears to not take that into account.
Magistrate Anderson Masanjala left aside from handling the case saying his hands were tied in the face of different comments on the matter from media.
This means that Aniva alongside with his Accomplice-Vito Nkhalamba will remain in police custody following the court’s refusal to grant them a bail in three appearances as the police are said to be not finished with investigations on the matter.
But the court continue denial of the bail to Aniva has angered the communities arguing that his rights was violated as the bona fide citizen of the country.
The Nsanje based Aniva was arrested on July 25, 2016 following President Mutharika’s directive.
Ironically UN Women General Phumzile Mlambo-backed Mutharika’s move saying she was looking forward to a successful conclusion.
Aniva, 45 was detained after confessed to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television on July 21, 2016 that he defiled more than 100 adolescent girls as part of initiation rites into womanhood and sleeping with widows in a sexual cleansing ritual when all in all was HIV positive.
Aniva told BBC that locals used to pay him money in the range of £3 to £5 to perform the sex rituals.
Eric Aniva added that as a hyena, the main duty is overseeing a coming-of-age ritual, where girls take part in sex over a three-day period after their first menstruation.
Eric who hails from Chiphwembe Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Malemia in Nsanje district will face life sentence if found guilty of underage sex.
However, Malawi Law Society (MLS) through its lawyer Mandala Mambulasa offered to represent Aniva in court.