Malawi Police in Ntcheu have arrested three people in connection with the recent killing of a 38 year old person with albinism in Ntcheu.
Ntcheu police spokesperson Gift Matewere has confirmed of the arrest of Jussab Saiton from Ntcheu, Joe Mkwaira from Ntcheu and Francisco Katsitsi from Dedza.
‘I received a tip from the public that the three were involved in the murder so we are investigating them. As of now they remain suspects,” he said.
A 38year old Fletcher Masina became the 18th person with albinism to die in Malawi since the spate of the killings started two years ago.
Chairperson of Citizen Alliance Edward Chileka Banda said the government should deploy Malawi Army soldiers to protect people with albinism in areas where they live.
“If the soldiers are deployed at Dzalanyama Forest to protect trees, what is wrong in sending the soldiers to protect people with albinism. If soldiers are protecting trees on Mulanje Mountain, what would stop them from protecting human beings,” he said.
He said the government has come in late to save the situation after 18 lives had already been lost.
But Hetherwick Ntaba, chairperson of President Peter Mutharika appointed National Technical Committee said the government has not come in late to save the lives of people with albinism.
‘Those who are saying the government has come in late are becoming late themselves, let us work together to end this vice,” said Ntaba who is also an advisor to the president.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Mwapasa said police research shows that the market for body parts of people with albinism is here in Malawi and the police will bust the sysndicate.
Parliament has since been called upon to regulate herbalists in the country.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :