Owen Khamula – Nyasa Times
Wealth seekers have killed yet another person with albinism, bringing the number of those killed to 18 so far as civil society groups presented a petition to the Office of the President and Cabinet to stop the killings.
Ntcheu Police spokesperson Gift Matewere identified the deceased as Fletcher Masina, 38, who was brutally killed in his crop field at Zintabira Village in Chief Chakhumbira’s area in Ntcheu.
“We were alerted by his wife after 5 PM and when we went to the field, we discovered he was in a pool of blood. Private parts, arms and legs had already been removed,” said Matewere.
He said the police moved in swiftly after the wife reported the matter to police after 5 in the evening on Tuesday.
Masina had told her to go home and prepare food.
The killing of the 18th person with albinism comes during a week civil society groups are intensifying their calls to government to take the situation under control.
Advocacy Action Platform chairman Robert Mkwezalamba told a senior official at the Office of the President and Cabinet Clement Chinthu Banda that the rampant killings of people with albinism should stop forthwith.
He was speaking when the civil society groups presented a petition to the OPC on the matter.
On Tuesday, government officials from Tanzania told their counterparts from Malawi to step up sensitization messages to the people, saying this was the only way the country defeated the vice.
The Malawi delegation, which comprised of government officials and business people also learnt that Tanzania has crafted in the abductions and killings of people with albinism in school curricula.
Wife to late Masina, in tears, said she could not have left her husband alone even though he wanted her to prepare food.