The Super League Association of Malawi (Sulom) has joined the campaign against the persecution of people with albinism in the country. This follows calls by government and several human rights bodies condemning such barbaric acts which have been on a high recently.
In a press statement signed by SULOM’s General Secretary Williams Banda released ahead of the upcoming TNM super league games, the body is deeply concerned with the rampant rise of victimization of people with albinism in the country hence the decision to come up with their stand on the matter.
“To condemn this, we are taking a bold step to denounce and condemn these barbaric acts and we are standing strong with our colleagues of the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) in the fight against the abductions, killings and exhumation of remains of people with albinism,” reads one of the statements.
Reacting to SULOM decision, President of the Albinism Association of Malawi Boniface Masa said the association is overwhelmed by the support they are receiving on the campaign against persecution of people with albinism.
“The support we are getting as an association is really encouraging and we hope to achieve our objectives. We want a society that respects the rights of people with albinism. Recently the head of state issued a statement condemning the persecution of people with albinism and most Malawians love watching football. I hope we will be able to disseminate different information condemning such barbaric acts,” said Masa.
According to SULOM, there will be solidarity stand during the matches of 21-22May, 2016 in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The statement further reads that there will be activities on the same in the games involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Mzuni at the Kamuzu stadium, EPAC and CIVO at the CIVO stadium, and Karonga United Vs Be Forward Wanderers game at the Mzuzu stadium.
It says a one minute silence will be observed in honour of the persecuted people with albinism of late.