Malawi govt rules out death penalty implementation on albino killers

Information minister Patricia Kaliati has ruled out that government  would implement the death penalty on killers of people with albinism, saying doing so would be contravening international human rights instruments Malawi signed.

Kaliati: No execution

Kaliati: No execution

Kaliati’s comments come hot in the heels of calls by Mulanje South MP Bon Kalindo to unleash the death penalty on the killers of albinism.

“Malawi is a signatory to many human rights instruments and we would not want to contravene them. We would not like a former head of state answering a case at the International Criminal Court over the death penalty,” she said.

Death penalty exists in the laws of Malawi but has not been used for many years.

It is believed former head of state Kamuzu Banda signed for the death penalty in the 1970s and the prisoner was hanged to death at Zomba Maximum Prison where the facility and the hanger man were based.

Kalindo said he will make a nude protest march on June 23 to force the courts and President Peter Mutharika implement the death penalty.

This is the first time that the government has made its position clear on the matter.

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12 thoughts on “Malawi govt rules out death penalty implementation on albino killers”

  1. hon kaliati…..if yu hav nothing to sae….. be nothing…….do nothing sae nothing ………….

  2. Mkuphwasika says:

    Human Rights imagwira ntchito kuno chifukwa cha umphawi.
    Koma moti zikhale zoona kuti anthu adziko lanu aziphedwa ngati nkhuku chifukwa cha Human Rights?
    DPP tsiku likwana muzisiya ndipo ngati si lero ndi mawa.

  3. Kanthu Ako! says:

    The same people advocating that the law be changed will be the first to cry foul when the death penalty is used on someone they know.

    Malawian are very selective.

    Laws are not passed for specific acts, the law should stand the passage of time.

    You can not be changing the law just to suit a situation, that is what was happening with the constitution during Muluzi, and we are still crying about how the constitution is weak.

    Why are people having a go at Kaliyati? is she the one that changes the law? DPP is a minority in parliament, why are the opposition not kick starting the change of law? Very good at derailing the budget and good at nothing else.

    Wina ndi uyo akufuna kukayenda maliseche, anvekele bvalani ma dross. What Morons.

  4. Mgift says:

    Kaliat knows who is behind this B BOSSES

  5. The Analyst says:

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    What you Kaliati are saying is utter nonsense! and complete rubbish!

    Yes even dogs have rights . . .
    . . . but what do we do to dogs that are vicious and/or rabied, and go about biting people?, if not kill them?
    And why are APM and you Kaliati complete hypocrites? Here in Malawi, we have the shoot-to-kill strategy in place
    . . . has Bingu or APM ever been taken to any court for implementing the shoot-to-kill strategy? Why should it be a problem this time around?
    Look at the U.S.; the wise and strong leadership in the U.S. wastes no time to hang and mercilessly kill terrorists
    . . .why is APM and you Kaliati proud liars? and thus want to believe that Malawi is more civilised (on human rights issues) than the US?
    Even if we stop being analogous and talk about albino-hunters who were hanged in Tanzania . . .
    . . . has Jakaya Kikwete ever been taken to any court or accused of hanging the albino-hunters?
    So why is his confused lady called Kaliati confidently and arrogantly talking this heap of nonsense?
    …………………………………………………………………………………….
    The Malawi Law Society is equally useless.
    . . . any normal and functioning law society, would come out of its hiding and quickly clarify issues coz palpably, this Kaliati thing, is ill-advised on this issue. She doesnt understand a word of what she’s talking about.
    . . . Alas! Our law society only comments on legal issues when they have an interest in it. Useless!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………..
    Truth is, any leader who cares,
    . . . would threaten and be willing to withdraw membership to such signatories for the sake of protecting his/her people; if asked to do so.
    . . . would even risk trial, for the sake of his people; and I can assure you the International Community cannot prosecute any leader for implementing the death penalty on albino-hunters.
    . . . Tanzanian leaders are a perfect example.

    Just tell us, there are people you are protecting under the guise of human rights, and we will believe you.
    . . . but even if you dont tell us, we already know it. Koma mukulakwa!
    Indeed . . .
    “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by zideludelu.” – Plato
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  6. Gogodasi says:

    Then why not repeal the law which is ineffective by all means?

  7. Greencardless Malawian says:

    THEN REMOVE IT COMPLETELY FROM THE PENAL CODE!!!!!!! WHAT IS IT THERE FOR? DECORATION?!!!

  8. kanchenga says:

    The fact of the matter is DPP is the major culprit here and we can’t expect them to kill their panda boys. Foreign forces have raided our land for our brothers lives and you are talking about signing foolish papers with some foolish idealistic. We know it you people killing our brothers for election rituals just like a chair was cutting women breasts in the lomwe triangle a few years ago. You killers signed that because you new you will need it’s protection. This is painful. Seeing an innocent person chopped like that and listening to another albino minister vomiting rubbish just because the has police protection. Don’t force us to recruit terminators who kill these panda boys the moment you release them. Not all us are poor. We can manage to employ killers too. And smart ones too. After all we are collectively employing inkata boys to protect our homes in the town ships what would stop us from killing these thugs the mob justice ways. Fellow Malawian please when you an albino killer burn them. You have heard government hands are tied because they fear a court in the European land.They are afraid they will be arrested when they go shopping. We shop in Malawi so burn the panda boys. When an albino misses just catch a DPP cadet and burn him . Their the ones killing our brothers.

  9. Mwananyanian says:

    Owen Khamula: It is more than just belief that Kamuzu signed death warrants to many inmates, not just one, when he ruled this country like it was his household! That son of a gun!
    In Zomba, during the seventies and eighties, that Prison was known as the “incinerator” even by the wardens. Kamuzu signed death warrants for petty criminals and political dissidents, like they were chickens or goats from his own kraal.
    The whole prison community would know, by word of mouth, and the somber atmosphere, when someone was getting hanged today or tomorrow: The hangman or executioner was a colonialist (name withheld) contracted from Rhodesia, by Kamuzu and was paid on per capita basis. He would some when there were enough prisoners to be executed,, to justify the travel expences! This guy (the hangman) was a pro in as much as he didn’t seem to worry about what people thought of him or his job: possibly because they were black Africans he was hanging. Clinical in his job too, apparently. And he would often come to the Gynkana Club, perhaps to soothe his soul. After the job.
    He was a card.
    Even in death, after so many years, Kamuzu’s hands are still stained red with the blood of those culprits. May of them executed for crimes they didn’t commit. The legal system then was just kangaroo.
    And no modern era President would want to repeat the murderous spree of Kamuzu, in all concience. Regardless of the International Court of Justice.

    1. Kachamba says:

      The “hangman”, sounds like an interesting job. Any vacancies?

    2. kanchenga says:

      And you think this an excuse enough to allow our innocent brothers get hunted and butchered like mice. How can you be so foolish. We lived in that Malawi, I can assure you that those who died the way you describe here were his political enemies. They new what they were getting into that’s why they were able to run away some of them. Now where do you think our brothers will run to. You lomwes are blood drinking tribe that’s why you are not moved at all. Malawian we have talked enough let’s just burn these albino hunters when we catch them the way we do with thieves.

  10. citizen says:

    Abolish the act if inapplicable and in breach of human rights? By keeping the act you have already breached the human rights of the murders. Remember though that not protecting the albinos is also a breach of their human rights to life. So who are you protecting, the politicians who kill for rituals or the albinos?

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