The Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has said government will hire at least a legal expert solely to render legal assistance and cases involving persons with disabilities and other vulnerable people.
According to her, the lawyer her ministry is planning to hire will also pursue reported cases of killings of person with albinism in the country.
Kaliati said this when she commenting on calls to ban witch-doctors in the country.
Albinos faced attacks for their body parts, which witch-doctors believe bring good luck and wealth.
“As a remedy, we need to have a our own lawyer; a stand still lawyer in our ministry so that he might be assisting the very need people who cannot access justice because they don’t have money.
“If we have a lawyer, abused children, women and men will be offered legal assistance and services to access justice,” said Kaliati.
The ministry’s “stand still” lawyer will be ready mid March, according to the Minister.
Kaliati further said her ministry is working closely with law enforcers in doing everything possible to ensure security to all people, including persons with albinism.
She also admitted that murder cases of albinos have instilled fear in persons with albinism, observing that such acts are not a violation of right to life but also the right education, health, development and economic activity.
“I also call upon all persons with albinism to avoid being in isolation. As for guardians with children with albinism do not leave the children all alone,” said Kaliati.
There has increased reported murder cases of persons with albinism in the country. The recent case involved a 68 year-old woman, Malita Makolija from Masali village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwambo in Zomba.
This was preceded by a number of incidents such as a missing of a two year-old girl and killing of a 25 year-old woman.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :