Mutharika vows albino killings to end in Malawi: Sets ‘new strategy’ for crackdown

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has vowed to end the sudden upsurge in  macabre killings of people with albinism and  has since ordered more action and vigilance on the part of law enforcers.

Mutharika with leader of APAM

Mutharika with leader of APAM

In audience with President Mutharika

In audience with President Mutharika

President Mutharika greets Massa

President Mutharika greets Massa

President Muthairka in group photo wth APAM members

President Muthairka in group photo wth APAM members

Albino people, who lack pigment in their skin, have faced attacks for their body parts, which witchdoctors believe bring good luck and wealth.

But speaking in an audience he held on Thursday with representatives from Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), the President strongly spoke against the tendency saying it is inhuman from whichever perspective one looks at it.

“My government remains committed to protect and promote the life and rights of people with albinism and we will not tolerate this malpractice, which has brought fear and sense of insecurity among persons with albinism, their relatives and friends,” said Mutharika.

“This is evil, and a threat to the most fundamental human rights in our constitution. And we will deal accordingly with those that are associated with this barbaric act,” said President Mutharika.

He added: “We have intensified surveillance and investigations, and also intensified our working relationship with the APAM; and the fruits are visible.”

The President expressed displeasure at rising cases of violence against albinism despite several public pronouncements by himself and other prominent persons and institutions.

The fight against the vice is also being undertaken in coordination with neighbouring countries and United Nations among others.

“Let me also inform you that I allowed the UN Special Envoy on Albinism to assist us with the best practices on how to deal with the atrocities using the countries she deals with. As you are aware, atrocities committed against persons with albinism are violations of human rights which the UN addresses.”

Mutharika also stated that he has set up a technical Committee which will monitor the implementation of the initiatives that Government has put in place to curb the malpractices.

Government has also included traditional healers in the fight because all this conduct comes as a result of ritual beliefs bring perpetrated by witchdoctors.

He said the government would continue its attempts to end the attacks as albinos should not live in fear.

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17 thoughts on “Mutharika vows albino killings to end in Malawi: Sets ‘new strategy’ for crackdown”

  1. aningo@ yahoo. com says:

    Thumbs up Mr President, you have done your part: public political condemnation. It is now for each of the rest of us to identify and play our roles in this cause. I see that while some readers’ comments are of a very poor quality, most comments are a real contribution to the discourse at hand. I would like us to be aware that the killings and abductions are just a culmination of a long standing culture of structural violence against people with albinism. They have faced all sorts of discrimination in our homes, schools and villages. All sorts of myths have been told that militate against albinos’ rights. A problem as big and pervasive as this one is too important and urgent to be left in the hands of the police alone. Everyone of us must do their part. Let those that have a voice speak against it.

  2. Lucius says:

    If police is failing to curve albino massacres why not deploy mdf

  3. Life says:

    The simple truth is simple, many politicians, albeit including APM are involved in albino killings.
    Like rightly pointed out by many, if indeed the politicians were not involved, 1) there is no way the killers would have been given a mere 24 years prison time. The minimal punishment for those human animals was life in prison; 2) the president would have weighed in on the punishment that should be meted thus, capital punishment; 3) a deliberate effort to count and a program to protect those especially vulnerable like from impoverished families and living in rural areas by way of taking them to a safe place, a hostel or something like that. I am convinced that this act involves some of these big names.
    And, may be its high time the well to do Malawians, adopted poor albino children into their houses. OR are we gonna wait for Madonna and Britney Spears???

  4. Ujeni says:

    We don’t need a technical committee, we need a police force that knows how how to gather valuable intelligence. It is the duty of the Law enforcement and not more useless commitees

  5. Ze Roberto says:

    Please Nyasatimes, activate the like and dislike options. I have nothing more to comment than what Analyst has categorically said already. I concur with Analyst 100%.

  6. nyama ya phwisa says:

    Before the president come up with manganizo awa ifeyo amalwi as awhole tupangapo chani? to deal with mchitidwe wa usiluwu? these people can stop if were commited..

    Secondly our president is very weak this is true whether we like it or is weak.. i dont think as apresident he can fail to deal with this simple matter…

    Apolice so surbotaging this gorvenment they are not doing enough…

    This country to work better lufunika munthu wankhaza pang’ono zinthu ziyenda…..anthu ena samanva adzanva bwino zinthu zilongosoka

  7. KK says:

    Anthu amenewa ayamba liti kumaphedwa? ndimayesa ndipomwe inu mwangoyamba ulamuliro kodi? mwapangapo chani? ingonenani kuti amene anakutumani kuti muphe akwana.
    Ndani sakudziwa kuti ndima preparation a 2019? Mulungu akudziwa ndipo palibe kobisika kamene sakadzaululika pangatalike maka tsiku lina zidziwika ndithu, thats why kuli usiku ndiposo usana.
    Sindidatchule dzina la munthu ndangolankhula pamtima panga.

  8. Yobe Kankhowo says:

    Kodi mmesa president wathuyi ali ndi ma communication advisors?

    1. Why in the picture is the front row and closer to the prezo dominated by those without albinism? Media critics would easily get my perspective.

    2. Why cant the president for example travel to a home out there in the village, meet a family which has lost one of their own to this barbarism, condole them and issue warnings from there? Or why not attend one funeral and issue condemnation there?
    It may not end the problem but it sure is a weightier way of condemnation and solidarity Mr President.

    1. Nabetha says:

      I like your point number 2.

  9. Drogba says:

    I have always agreed with The Analyst on this issue about our dear friends and relatives with albinism; The Leadership (Parliament, Executive, Judiciary) isnt just doing enough, full stop. First Parliament: As has been said by many of us on this forum, esp by the Analyst (I salute you), Parliament could have pushed for much tangible action from the Government on this vile. It could push the Executive to convene an emergency Parliament sitting where a deliberate law could be imposed to hang all Albino hunters once found. Do you think if the albino hunters hear this they cant be afraid of that new law? Second the Executive: It must be serious, i mean much serious about this evil act of killing our innocent children with albinism, not just empty rhetorics. Why doesnt the President take a bold step to order the Judiciary to give death sentences to any one found, and that the President signs just at least for one or two albino hunters to be killed? Is it enough just to talk talk talk n talk but nothing tangible being done on the ground? What is needed is a Law to kill these hunters and one or two demonstration of such. Third the Judiciary: Isnt it an insult to sentence someone who has killed an albino to 12 years imprisonment? What happened to life imprisonment for first degree murder? Especially on this very sensitive, wicked act, why cant the Judiciary take a “deliberate measure” when sentencing these animals? Guys, come on. Mukanamva bwanji mwana wanu akanakhala albino? To you our leaders know this: One day, our children will blame you for letting these witches to kill albinos. People will associate your government with albino killings as they did with Atcheyas government with kudula mabere azimayi athu. Please, the President, Judges and MPs, do something to save these helpless, hopeless but very innocent people by doing just something, not just rhetorics.

    1. The Analyst says:

      O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
      It takes wisdom to see sense in someone else’s writing;
      . . . and solidarity to echo their thoughts;
      . . . and a lot of courage to gesture to them.
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      . . . I envy your wisdom; . . . admire your courage; . . . and appreciate your solidarity.
      Am humbled. Thanks.
      O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  10. Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan says:

    STOP THIS!

    If this was a RACIAL or TRIBAL issue, Africa’s ‘leaders’ WOUL NOT BE SILENT and / or COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE ABOUT IT.

    Oscar Pistorius IS NOT the only murderer who should be detained long-term.

    Laws DO NOT PREVENT OR STOP CRIME. But lawyers, judges, crime-prevention agents and law-enforcers can end this scourge.

    WHEN DOES OUR CONSTITUTION ALLOW US TO PROPERLY SENTENCE CRIMINALS? Only when the act criminally against certain elements in society?

  11. chodziwadziwa, BSc Engineering (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

    We want more action on the ground not just mere rhetoric. You use soldiers to crackdown the charcoal producers at Dzalanyama and now the situation is different there. Why not deploy more security personnel in the more prone areas where these albinos are being butchered? Please, walk the talk on the security matters because at times we have heard of these murderers and thieves even terrorising the so called secure areas like army barracks, police and houses of these political big wigs. Security is paramount in every state. By the way what is the job of your secret security service? I mean the Dausi guy where is he….basi iwo koma charging treason from the whatsaap texts….zamkutu.

    Malawi….LETS STOP THE ALBINO KILLINGS!!!

  12. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    The law and its enforcers (MPF) should make every effort to arrest these murderers. And the Courts should make sure the they are punished to the maximum, by the laws.
    But, to be clear, we cannot police ourselves out of this problem. What we need is a big change in the belief that remains of PWA bring fortune, or big money. 180 degrees of mindset change! Nothing less.
    Since this is a God fearing nation, and proud of it, why aren’t religious leaders join APM et al. and preach to their followers against this sin? Do these leaders not consider this a serious issue, or what?
    And, technical committee aside, why don’t we borrow a page on two from our neighbors, in TZ, regarding how they curbed this evil? We can punish the evil doers (the criminals) seriously; and put the witch doctors (or herbalists, as some of them prefer to be called) and their surrogates out of this business? This albino business, to be sure.
    Time is NOT on our side.

  13. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    This is the APM I know . . .
    . . . All he does is issue stray threats!

    So in his academic wisdom APM thinks there is any amount of vigilance or action, on the part of the law enforcers, which is enough or practical to deal with the vice?
    . . . Is APM sure that setting up a Technical Committee to monitor implementation of who knows what measures he’s talking about; is any helpful?
    . . . Does APM appreciate that these are desperate and abnormal times (where some foolish beasts are on the loose, hunting and killing people)?; which then calls for urgency in thought and action?; thusly, the establishment of a committee is as irrelevant as not urgent as useless hence a waste of everybody’s time?

    Who doesn’t know that
    “A committee is a group of the unwilling; appointed by the unfit; to do the unnecessary?” – Richard Harkness; since “All that a committee does, is keep minutes but waste hours?” – Milton Berle
    . . . Trust me – these people went back home angrier, and more hopeless than they came.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    This is a missed opportunity for the Albinos Association of Malawi.
    . . . If the Association had looked back and seen what their counterparts did in Tanzania; they would have seen the Chairperson of Albinos Association of Tanzania having and taking a very short and clear message to the then president – “Hang all the albino hunters.”
    . . . And the onus was on the president to act; which he did and all ended.

    But what does our Association do?; if not meet APM when they have no clear message?, thus wait to hear what APM had for them; which, going by what’s reported, is nothing.

    This is very irritating!
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  14. BANDASLIKA says:

    It appears we have tried all we could to stop this vice to no avail and I therefore suggest that once caught, tried and convicted, the culprits should face the death by public firing squad,at least once only, for people to see that we are serious in stopping this evil. Locally and internationally it will be condemned, but it will do wonders by saving many lives otherwise words and threats will not stop these sad acts.

  15. Kuntaila says:

    Technical Committee idye makobidi mudzina la ma Albino. Ma allowance fans imange nyumba m’ma Area 43’mu. Just to be seen to be doing something, did it have to ha so many people killed kuti mudzuke? Reactive instead of being pro-active

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