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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11 thoughts on “Malawi President Mutharika declares war against albino terrorists: ‘Surely we will emerge victorious’”

  1. “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!

    1. Alfred Minjo says:

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

  2. Bwantasa says:

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

    1. The Analyst says:

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      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 voice of reason on the same.
      . . . I may have failed to explain myself (in the said comment), but everybody knows that we needed a law specifically for protection of albinos; alternatively, twisting one or two if they are already in place.
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  3. tozer tsono says:

    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 a credible part of government?
    Declaring war on albino hunters sounds promising but where have you been? Security has deteriorated in Malawi to scary levels.

  4. the killer must be killed

    1. Ignorant says:

      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 proper intelligence system that was capable of tracking the kingpins and alerting the police. Lastly family members chonde protect your relatives that have alibinsm.

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

        1. Alfred Minjo says:

          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……….

  5. The Analyst says:

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    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?
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    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 on such a serious issue as this?
    . . . koma shall there ever be a time when APM is to tell us what he has done, instead of just what he intends to do? Soon Tembenu will table a bill, soon people will be sent who cares where, soon . . . soon . . . soon.
    . . . who doesnt know that God shall reward man based on what he actually does not just on what he wishes to do?
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    And dzana lomweli APM arrogantly declared we dont need special laws for albinos, now he has changed tune?
    . . . Koma will such inconsistency of thought, word and action hence chaos, zitithandiza?

    And how many times has APM sent warning shots? Threatened to deal with killers? Now declared war? And . . .
    . . . does it matter how many trumpets you blow and how loud you blow them to signal war; if you dont have the right weapons for the war?
    . . . Nanga does it matter if you have the right weapons but you are not using them?
    We thank heavens that we enlightened you and are now looking at these albino-killers as terrorists; but do you know what Obama does to terrorist? He kills them without a second thought; not even a first.
    . . . inu zikukukanikani pati zimenezi?

    You need to act and act now . . .
    . . . Otherwise, “The only place suceess comes before work, is in the dictionary.” – Vinci Lombardi
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    1. SAMALUZA says:

      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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