Human rights activists are scheduled to storm parliament on May 25, the African Union Day, to express their concern over the continued abductions and killings of people with albinism.
Edward Chileka Banda, Chairperson of Citizen Alliance, an umbrella body of non state human rights organizations in Malawi said the African Union Day is an ideal day for the exercise because it is only in Africa, particularly in Malawi where the abductions and killings are taking place.
“The government is doing little to put the situation under control. The government needs to do much to protect people with albinism,” said Chileka Banda.
President Peter Mutharika, in his state of the nation address in parliament on Friday said the government will employ 200 people whose job will be to protect people with albinism.
He said they will be fully trained with field visits to Tanzania where similar incidents occurred but are now under control.
Machinga East MP Esther Jolobola said the government needs to do more to put the situation under control.
Jolobola said she was saddened that she moved a motion in parliament to have stiff penalties for the perpetrators of the people with albinism crimes but up to now, the ministry of Justice has not drafted the bill.
“This is a matter of concern to us. I have done all I could t help save the situation but the government seems not to care,” she said.
Chileka Banda however declared war against the perpetrators of the crime, saying the war against people with albinism is war against any Malawian.