Malawi President Mutharika declares war against albino terrorists: ‘Surely we will emerge victorious’

President Peter Mutharika on Monday described abductions and killings against people with albinism as terrorism against them and vowed his government will win the war.

Mutharika says fight rages on

Mutharika says fight rages on

Mutharika speaking to  a person with albinism

Mutharika speaking to a person with albinism

He was speaking in Kasungu during the International Albinism Awareness Day.

“You have taken enough lives of my people. You have taken away the peace of the people with albinism. Now you will face the law. Your time is up, we are now at war,” said the President.

He said the minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu will soon table a bill in parliament aimed at strengthening the protection of people with albinism.

Mutharika  said the government has appointed a special prosecutor on cases of people with albinism.

He commended Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda for his decision to direct that all cases of people with albinism should be handled by people with albinism.

Mutharika said police have since arrested 130 people in connection with the abductions and murders of people with albinism and 69 cases are under way in courts.

“People elsewhere are taking us as fools, they think we are ignorant, this is embarrassing, it is deaming and it is sinful,” he said.

Mutharika  said his government remains vigilant and has have put in place strategies to eradicate the attacks of vulrnerable people.

“ These deliberate action plans are bearing fruits as our law enforcement agents are clamping down on the vice through arrests of perpetrators, special protection of people living with albinism and public awareness on what communities can do to join the fight,” he said.

The President said “fight rages on and surely we will emerge victorious against this evil.”

Meanwhile,  Amnesty International (AI)  has urged Malawi government to ensure that he rights of people with albinism must be guaranteed.

“Malawian officials must live up to their promises to end violence against people with albinism and tackle discrimination against this group,” AI said in a statement issued on Monday on International Albinism Awareness.

“Recognition by the Malawian authorities at the highest level that people with albinism not only experience daily discrimination but also live in constant fear of attacks is an important step in addressing the problem,” said Deprose Muchena, AI regional director for Southern Africa.

“Malawian police need more resources and must conduct thorough and effective investigations to bring the abductions and killings to an end.

“Visible policing in rural areas coupled with an effective public education campaigns can contribute significantly in arresting the problem,” Muchena said.

On June 7, an AI delegation presented the organisation’s latest report on Malawi to Mutharika and other officials, including the inspector general of police, the minister of gender, children, disability, and social welfare, and the minister of justice.

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finale wa kabaza (cargo rider)
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3 months 16 days ago

“You have taken enough lives of my people. You have taken away the peace of the people with albinism. Now you will face the law. Your time is up, we are now at war,” said the President. – the statement tells alot, it seems there was a deal between the president and some people now there time is up, no wonder the president is reacting verbally now, Lord have mercy!

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo
3 months 16 days ago

You don’t know what you are saying. Kuganiza moperewera zedi inu a kabaza. Let the Lord God almighty have mercy on you.

Bwantasa
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Bwantasa
3 months 16 days ago

My friend Analyst, need for no special law and need to strengthen the existing law are different, I hope? How do you analyse this?

The Analyst
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The Analyst
3 months 16 days ago
O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O A very correct observation. . . . but paragraph 5 of the artical clearly states appointment of a special prosecutor on cases with people with albinism – if the govt realises the need for a special prosecutor, why is it hard to realise that these are abnormal times that require something albino-specific including a law? . . . and if you look at paragraph 4 of this article, there are all indications that this yet-to-be-tabled bill is specifically for albinos; outside the existing laws; implying a special kind of law, yet all along the authorities had played deaf to… Read more »
tozer tsono
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tozer tsono
3 months 16 days ago
Too little too late! After the massacres and maimings of albinos in Tanzania, all African leaders should have pondered how to prevent the murderous trend from taking root on their soils. The Malawi Defence Force adds value by protecting us from being attacked but the President does not seem to embrace the value brought by MDF: just check how every citizen is living in fear of being robbed, murdered, private parts or female breasts severed, and so on. Is there a foreign induced subversive element in Malawi, designed to derail the citizens morale and trust in whatever is left as… Read more »
jafali lyland
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3 months 17 days ago

the killer must be killed

Ignorant
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Ignorant
3 months 17 days ago
What will the new law do that cant be done now? The current laws are adequate the problem is to track down and deal with the sponsors of this evil. We can introduce a million tough laws but as long as our mindset remains the same there will be no improvement in the protection of people with alibinism. In USA there are strong laws protecting LGBTs but 49 were gunned down. Laws that require compliance are not a detterence. What in the name of Allah is Dausi doing? The police can effectively deal with this vice if we had a… Read more »
finale wa kabaza (cargo rider)
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3 months 16 days ago

Ignorant have you ever given it a thought that may be the same government officials are behind this?

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo
3 months 16 days ago

Why don’t you just come up with the names of the government officials if you have evidence??? Why just parotting and yapping always? Please give us a break on this page……….

The Analyst
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The Analyst
3 months 17 days ago
O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O Ohoo, Tembenu will soon table a bill aimed at strengthening our laws? . . . did it had to take a whole century for APM to realise that our laws need to be strenghthenedt? . . . How many times have voice of reason tried to ask you to do this? . . . Koma azichita kukuposani bongololo ndi namzikambe kuchita zinthu mwachangu zoona? ………………………………………………………………………………………. And not so long ago, Parliament was meeting, why did this Tembenu thing not table the bill then? . . . Can anyone help me understand why this APM is this slow and casual… Read more »
SAMALUZA
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SAMALUZA
3 months 16 days ago

Muganizeponso zakuti zidzikhala bwanji anthu achialubino akatisiya. Vuto ndilakuti anthu oyipawa akumafukula mitembo yawo. Kodi kapena akamwalira aziotchedwa? kapena pakhale malo apadela otetezedwandiboma omweakhale manda awo?

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