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Three Albino killers get death sentence – The Times Group Malawi

The High Court sitting in Mchinji District yesterday sentenced three people to death for murdering a person with albinism in August 2015.

According to Judge Esmie Chombo, the three were found guilty of the gruesome murder in which they chopped off hands and legs of the victim.

The three—Douglas Mwale, Sophie Jere and Fontino Folosani —murdered Priscott Pepuzani in a bush using a metal bar and hoe handle and buried his body in a garden.

“After the court heard from both parties involved, it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the three people really murdered the person with albinism.

“It is a sad thing that this country is no longer a safe place for people with albinism to live in. This malpractice must end and the court is here to stand up with people with albinism,” Chombo said.

She condemned what she called the “evil” act of killing fellow humans for rituals.

She said the death sentences had been meted out in order to send a strong message to would-be offenders but also to put to a stop such malpractices.

The three were charged with four counts of murder, conspiracy to harm a person with disability, selling body tissues and possession of human tissues.

After cross-examination and submission by State and defense lawyers before conviction, the court convicted three out of four accused persons.

It acquitted the fourth accused person Alick Kambani due to lack of substantive evidence on his involvement.

The court heard that the fourth accused was in Zambia when the incident happened.


How To Write Attention Grabbing Speech Introductions



6 techniques for writing attention grabbing speech introductions 


If writing a speech is difficult, coming up with an effective speech introduction is even more difficult. Best speech introductions are the ones that help you to grab the attention of the audience quickly. This article will help you in coming up with attention grabbing speech introductions.

Imagine traveling to a new city. It is late in the night. You are very hungry and you are driving around looking for a restaurant. You see two restaurants … one with a well-lit name board saying “Hotel Royale”. There are plants on both the sides of the walkway and the walkway is maintained neat and clean. You see another restaurant, with a flickering light that hasn’t been repaired for a while. The name board isn’t very visible. The walkway to the restaurant is covered with dry leaves, used paper cups and trash.

You haven’t dined in both the restaurants before. Which one will you choose? You don’t know the quality of food inside? But, you decide based on your first impressions.

That is the power of speech introductions. Will you listen to a speaker who starts with a dull ‘n boring introduction that make you to yawn (or) the one who starts the speech with full of enthusiasm and tries to grab the audience’s attention.

Speech openings should
1) Grab Attention
2) Introduce the Topic to the audience
3) Build Rapport

Arouse suspense or curiosity

When you start your speech with a suspense, the curiosity of the listeners increases many folds. Think about the movies that start with someone lying in a pool of blood … you’ll be curious to know who committed the crime. This will keep you glued to the movie, throughout.

Here is a method of creating suspense or curiosity in the minds of the audience:

Today, I’m going to talk about a person who was a shy kid during his school days. A person who was very determined and was even ready to give up his life saying “I would rather die instead of eating animal food”. A lean old man… who united an entire country for a common cause. A true believer of non-violence. Friends, “Yes… I’m going to talk about the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi”. 

Make a startling statement

Shock the audience by beginning your speech with a startling statement. Audience typically expects you to begin your speech with the usual “Yalla… Yabba… Yamma…”. So, when you begin your speech with a startling statement, you’ll put them in a shock. It will help you to get their attention quickly.

Instead of starting with a speech introduction like, “Cancer is a deadly disease. It kills a number of people. Today, I’m going to talk about Cancer and its impact on the society“, you can make a startling statement like “17,000 people die of cancer every day. Are you going to be one of them?

Tell a story 

Audience love listening to stories. That is the reason why the movie halls are filled with people, when a movie has a good story line.

Instead of beginning your speech with “I’m going to talk about drink and drive“, you can start with a short story like the one given below:

A dark chill night… time was 12 o’clock. I was walking alone in the road… there was absolute silence… my heart was beating lub dub… lub dud.. rain started drizzling… all of a sudden I heard a loud noise… A car had rammed into a tree. I rushed to the car. The driver was unconscious. There was smell of whisky. Friends, this is what happens when you drink and drive.

Ask a rhetorical question

Politicians are good at using rhetorics to their advantage. They always make (actually, force!?) you to think about the hard facts/reality by asking rhetorical questions.

Instead of beginning your speech with “I’m going to tell you about how to become fit“, you can ask “How many of you want to stay fit, but do not have a regular exercise routine? How many of you here take ‘new year resolutions’ but do not follow them? How many of you have personal goals for which you hardly spend any time? In the next 7 minutes, you are going to learn simple techniques to achieve your goals faster.

Begin with a quotation

Quotes help you to get the attention of the audience quickly. Instead of beginning your speech with an introduction like… “Fellow speakers, leadership is an important skill that we need to learn. Leadership will make you successful. So, I’m sure you are curious to know more about leadership“, you can use quotes to begin your speech.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” a beautiful quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Friends, Soundmind Speakers provide an excellent opportunity to become leaders – to create a path for fellow members to follow. Today, I’m going to talk about the benefits of taking leadership roles in toastmasters”.

Reference the occasion

Advance speakers, begin their speeches by making a reference to the occasion. In most cases, you’ll have to do it off the cuff. Professional trainers begin their training sessions by talking about a news that they read in the local news paper that day … or by referring to an event that occurred just before the training session.