The rising wave of abductions and killings of albinos in the country, more especially in the Southern Region Districts of Machinga, Balaka and Mangochi have compelled Machinga East Member of Parliament, Esther Jailosi Jolobala to ask the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) to intervene.
The three districts are under CCJP’s Mangochi Diocese; where it is implementing various programmes, one of them being promoting human rights.
Jolobala’s move comes after the Machinga Second Grade Magistrate’s Court sentenced a 30-year-old Sinoyo Wyson to two years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for being found guilty of abducting an 11-year-old girl with albinism.
The judgement opened a cane of worms as more people in the country including Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) Executive Director, Bonface Massah, blamed the court for meting out a lenient sentence.
Speaking after presenting the problems on Monday at CCJP’s premises in Mangochi, Jolobala said she is shocked with the recent upsurge in attacks on people living with albinism.
“I am completely puzzled with the recent spate of attacks on people with albinism in the country; particularly in my Constituency, Machinga East, where it is bordering between Malawi and Mozambique. The area is prone to security and it breeds more albino perpetrators. Currently three people have been abducted and four graveyards have been exhumed,” worried Jolobala.
She decried that the development has culminated in albinos living in fear and some even staying in doors, which, she, said it is denying pupils chance to go to school and parents to go to their gardens.
“Personally, as a Member of Parliament for this area, I am not amused with the way albinos are being treated. These people are human beings and they deserve equal treatment like anybody else. Issues of getting riches or being cured of diseases are clear myths that will take us nowhere,” added Jolobala.
She further urged President Peter Mutharika to urgently institute a special commission to look into the plight of people with albinism.
In his remarks, CCJP Mangochi Diocesan Secretary, Bruno Banda said the attacks and killings of albinos are evil and a threat to the basic human right to life for all human beings as enshrined in the constitution.
He said his organization will roll out massive sensitization campaigns in the three districts to boot out the malpractice.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :