Covid-19 delays Musekera’s drug trafficking case

A 30-year-old Malawian woman Estina Mukasera who was detained in China on drug trafficking crimes is yet to know her fate on whether she will be executed or be repatriated back home.

Mukasera was arrested last in 2018 after being found in possession of 2 kilograms of cocaine in China.

Human rights activist Robert Mkwezalamba, who is following up the case said the trial is yet to commence due to Covid-19 pandemic.

“It has been a rigorous process, of and on, but as we speak we are in constant touch with State Attorney to the extent that we had secured some information from some South African girls who were released and they had asked us to ask the same to our government,” he said.

Mkwezalamba said Mukasera will only be allowed to leave China if she is formally charged.

“Covid-19 challenges have slowed down a number of process including her situation in Hong Kong because as we spoke last time she was due to take plea, but as of now she is yet to be charged,” he said.

Upon her arrest, Mukasera was pregnant and she now has a baby son with her in custody and according to Mkwezalamba the baby is in good health.

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