Malawi rights groups urge state to appeal losing albino cases

Human rights groups in the country have asked the state to immediately appeal all cases it lost to abductors and killers of people with albinism to send a strong message to them that they have started a prolonged battle which Malawians will never give up.

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This was resolved at the end of a meeting by Citizen Alliance, a consortium of human rights groups aimed at finding ways of ending the brutal killings of people with albinism for their body parts which herbalists believe can be used for quick rich charms.

One of the human rights activists Edward Chileka Banda said the state has lost two cases so far and the suspects were freed.

“We want the state to appeal against the two cases, we want the state to secure convictions for all the cases so that a message is sent to these killers,” Banda said.

He said the government should give extra money to the police to expedite the albino killings investigations and to the courts to expedite hearing of the cases.

“The police should be able to go after the herbalists who are encouraging these killings. People are killing our brothers and sisters with albinism because there is a black market, because herbalists are encouraging this,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Super League of Malawi has said this weekend matches will start with a minute silence to remember people with albinism who have been killed so far.

Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the organisation will use football to send a strong message to abductors and killers of people with albinism that they have no place in Malawi.

“What is happening is barbaric. We will use football to condemn these barbaric and inhumane acts. We are using football to condemn these acts because football is the greatest sport in Malawi and the world which enhances peace among people regardless of the colour of their skin,” he said.

Everson Kondowe of Association of People with Albinism welcomed Sulom’s gesture.

“We are very happy that more friends are coming to support us and fight against the vice,” he said.

He said Sulom could also consider giving part of the gate collections to the families of those killed saying the families are traumatised and some of those killed were bread winners.

At least 17 people with albinism have been killed to date.

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3 thoughts on “Malawi rights groups urge state to appeal losing albino cases”

  1. Chilombo wa ku Nthalire says:

    I want to agree with John Phiri, # 1; we had the case of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and his stupit friend who were arrested for gaysm, we saw the whole United Nations Secretary General, flying all the way frm Washington to Lilongwe, Mw just to secure the release of those stupid people. And now, people with albinoism are butchered/ slaughtered like goats but the UN is silence. What is human Rights in this matter? Are the gays more important than the albinos? We have been brain washed for so long that the albino body parts are used by the witch doctors, i want to disagree with these romours. According to the one of the broad-casted interveiw at MBC tv with one of the people caught with albino bones, its not true that the bones are used for rituals, and i believe there are rich people and even politicians who are sending poor people to kill albinos.

  2. Dyson Phiri says:

    Malawi needs strong minded men to help fighting against this malpractice…

  3. john phiri says:

    Am surprised, when aunt Tiwo and her husband got arrested the UN general secretary flew to Malawi to secure their release. There were emails flying around in USA condemning the arrest. In the British parliament one MP stood up and said he was shocked and disturbed. Those were two adults still alive but in police cell/prison. Here we are talking about death of a number of people and non of those people are showing any reaction. Recently our president went as far as manipulating the law to save gays from arrests claiming human right. Why cant the president manipulate the law again so that who soever is convicted of this barbaric act should face death sentence. We are talking about people who believe that its better for one to die so that they live a happy life. Please ngos lets push for the review of the law so that we bring to an end this act. Now we are talking about albinos but remember how many women have been murdered, breasts removed for rituals? If we hang at least two or three convicts this act will surely stop.

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