Mutharika vows to ‘hunt down’ albino killers

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has directed all security agencies in the country to be on high alert to catch and punish those behind a series of albino killings.

Mutharika with Police chief Kachama: Promises protection for albinos

Mutharika with Police chief Kachama: Promises protection for albinos

He told a news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Thursday that  the attacks on albinos are barbaric and ordered security agencies to intensify a manhunt for the killers.

“We have been deeply shocked with these attacks and killings of the people living with albinism. This is inhuman and barbaric and we condemn it in strongest terms,” he said, adding:“As commander In Chief of Malawi Defense Force and the Malawi Police Services, my message to those perpetrating this is that, we will hunt you down and not relent until apprehended and justice takes full course on you.”

“I’ve directed the minister of internal affairs and all security agencies to be on high alert and arrest all people responsible for attacks, abductions and killings,” the Malawi leader said.

“ I’ve further directed the minister, inspector general [of police] and all security agencies to provide maximum protection to our brothers and sisters with albinism,” he added

Mutharika also called on the judiciary to conduct speedy trials of suspects in the attacks.

Fifteen albinos have been reported abducted and killed in Malawi since the start of the year.

Albinism is a condition where people are born with little or no pigment in their skin and hair. People with the condition tend to stand out in Africa, and are sometimes targeted by witch doctors who use their body parts in so-called magic potions.

Witch doctors often tell clients that albino body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business.

However, President Mutharika assured the nation that he will not allow people born with albinism to live in fear of losing their lives because of their condition following some peoples “unreasonable beliefs.”

Mutharika’s comments came a day after the Catholic Church in Malawi accused him of taking a “passive approach” on the problems faced by people with albinism.

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29 thoughts on “Mutharika vows to ‘hunt down’ albino killers”

  1. tell me says:

    since when did killing albinos in Malawi become a thing ?

  2. mngulungulu says:

    Please Mr President tell your police to gun down the albino killers

  3. for how long will albino going to suffer? here in Tz killing & cutting Albino’s parts is rampant , let’s stop this bad behaviour

  4. luvolwethu mpeta says:

    chitsiru cholembalemba m’makoma chingatiwuze chani cha nzeru???????

  5. Benson Chirwa says:

    Priorities up side down. When the prison cells were being painted these things were already happening. Headless chicken indeed. Mtchona has no heart for Malawians.

  6. DZIKOMO BWANA A PRESIDENT, ALIBINO NDI ANTHU MONGA MUNTHU ALIYENSE OLENGEDWA NDI MLUNGU. TIYENI TIKHALE NAO LIMODZI.

    ZOTENGELA ZA KU TANZANIA, KENYA, BURUNDI NDI MAIKO ENA TOTO TOTO TOTO KU MALAWI TIYENI TIKHALE NDI MALAWI WA CHIKONDI.

  7. dreda says:

    Please assign one police man to Madani, we don’t wanna lose him,he’s such a character-cob

  8. BENSON MTEMBO says:

    ZA MA DECLARE DECLARE ZI ZATIKWANA WAKE UP AND START ACTING THE SCRIPTING TIME IS OVER MR PITALA ABRAZ MUTHARIKA……………..

  9. WOYERA KAMANGA says:

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIH KOMA CHUMA CHAMASIYE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH WE WILL SEE MALAWI IS NOT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING AHHHHHHHHH TIZIONA……..

  10. headless chicken if you want to be told the truth face to face to face but donot use your party zealots to silence.

  11. isac x says:

    Comment sorry tetse ndfe athu tangosiyana nkhunga

  12. isac x says:

    Comment

  13. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mwadzuka bwanji bwana?

  14. chaiwone wawo says:

    The president should be proactive rather than being reactive. just in the past week alone he has reacted and made statements on issues after being criticised. I have in mind the following issues: Kudontoni’s statements, the position of second vice president and of course the albino issue. In all these cases the president is speaking against them only after either CSO, the Church or some other body criticizing him. This to me shows he does not see these as issues at all and only makes the statements to silence the critics. that is not the type of leadership we want from him. Did he really need the church to tell him to protect the albinos?

  15. mesho says:

    Well done Mr president I could read on yr face yesterday during the press conf that you are annoyed by this albino killings.people who believe in muti are liars and useless

  16. Thokozani Mudza says:

    Bravo Mr president to the issue that is pretty and wise idea only that I don’t know hw these people feel when we are like seperate them from the majority of Malawi,Bcoz they are pple we all so stop albinos and say white Malawians.

  17. Who can trust those words where was he this issue started some time back and some were cought kumawalipilisa ma K20.000 each is that fair?

  18. Fathara says:

    You take time to respond or react to a situations peter. Look at the miserable and unacceptable manner you have handled the problem of insecurity in the country. Verbal pronouncements never work but action. Armed robbers have practically now taken over night times in malawi and have freedom of movement and stealing while the so called president is in a deep slumber. Mumatha mau inu nthawi yamuzimai inu koma zanuzo ndiyenso zanjanya

  19. Asatana amenewa alangidwe ndithu mosamveredwanso chisoni chifukwa zimene zikuchitikazi si umunthu,ngati uli umphawi tiyeni tiuvomere sitingalemere chifukwa chodzudza mtundu wa anthu amene sicholinga chawo kuti abadwe motero,bravo HE 4decraring total war against these devils, they need to receive a hard punishments to stop the inhumane kind of behaviour.

  20. Wamalawi! says:

    Akungonena uyu mwamuiwala. He just bark like a toothless Dog.

  21. Sub.T/A says:

    This is too little and too late how many of them so called albinos rather say people died already and the big man didn’t say any word at least condolences to the affected families.These people are also Malawians they got their names why always calling them albino anyone killing one of them have killed a human being must also be killed

  22. Khongoni Boy says:

    Kuno ku central ndi ku north kulibe za unve zokupha anapweri koma kwanuko muthana zanuzo

  23. mgawadere says:

    Mukuchedwa madala pano anthu akudya money katundu wagulisidwa kale. Kodi iwe pitala tanena zoona Kaliati si alubino?, ndikufuna ndione chochita naye nsanga

    1. Hahahaha says:

      Pitala iwe akufunsa kuno akuti, kodi Patricia ndi Gertrude sima albino? ….kikiki!

  24. Hang'em says:

    A declaration that the death sentence would be invoked and carried out expeditiously,and in public for anybody found guilty of murdering a citizen who is handicapped by Albinism. Would be the best statement from state house
    I do not think it is right to refer to our fellow human beings as ” ALBINOS ” as if they are something else other than human beings just like us ,the , so called normals. “KILLING AN ALBINO” is MURDER that is the word that the press should be using an not belittle as if it’s like killing an insect.

    1. precious kasambara says:

      they should be also killed otherwise this act will not stop of killing innocent people

  25. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    The HEADLESS CHICKEN PRESIDENT was busy sleeping all this time when all these things are happening with his fellow tribesmen in his on area.
    In the Central Region and Northern Region all the albinos are safe.
    We thank PAC and Hon Chakwera to wake this headless chicken president up.

    It would take 5 years to have this headless chicken respond to this cruel issue. The guy is too slow in everything apart from rigging elections.

  26. sinthole,manondo,mphwiyo,lutepo says:

    sent a thief to catch a thief zitengera mlomwe kuti agwire alomwe anzake.

  27. Bwampini says:

    Too little too late, where were you all this time Bwampini, koka painter ma cell?

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