Aspiring MPs with albinism want Malawi police to swiftly probe killings to polls

Two persons with albinism, who are vying for parliamentary seats in the May 21 Treipartite Elections,  have asked the police to swiftly investigate reports that the killings of people with albinism are always on the rise when elections are due.

Burgess: Democracy brings opportunities but not the opportunities to kill other people to be in power

This follows a study which the UN commissioned in some countries in Africa where the killings were rampant.

Alex Machila, who has joined the parliamentary race in Blantyre south on Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) ticket said there was need to get to the bottom of the issue.

“We can only know the truth if our police does its own investigations. It is sad that these things are happening in this age and era,” he said.

Another person with albinism, Steven Brian Burgess who wants to be member of parliament for Zomba central said it is disappointing that some people think they can get power by using other people’s bones.

“Democracy brings opportunities but not the opportunities to kill other people so that you go to parliament or State House,” said Burgess.

Police Inspector General Rodney Jose said the law enforcers would undertake the investigations.

Both opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and  UTP Party president Saulos Chilima have called on the State security to put an end to killings and abductions of persons with albinism in the country.

President Peter Mutharika has also condemned the atrocities against people with albinism, urging police to catch the perpetrators and let them rot in jail.

Since 2014, an unprecedented wave of abductions and killings of people with albinism have occurred in the country.

People with albinism are targeted for their body parts in the belief that they contain magical powers. The current population of people with albinism in Malawi is estimated at around 10 000.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

Follow us in Twitter
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
3 years ago

Just fast track MP Bon Kalindo’s trial so that he should reveal what he knows about the network as he said he knows who is behind this after he spends time in police cell. The politicians, the clergy & human rights organisations, investigative journalists, the judiciary & the police you have an opportunity to start from but if you don’t mobilise to fast track his trial some sectors might suspect you to be within the so called network.

3 years ago

The Best place for this group to visit is the Office of Inspector General of Police (IG)…not these power hungry politicians..

By visiting these power hungry politicians the group is DRAMATISING as well as POLITISIZING the problem …a thing which is not good..

3 years ago

Both MUNTHARIKA and CHILIMA are power hungry and have miserably failed us…..TO HELL WITH THESE PEOPLE..

3 years ago

Looking at the response from the government it is clear that DPP is clearly part and parcel of the killing of Albinos. Its disgraceful and shameful that such a violent party would be be so comfortable with the murder of its own citizens including babies.

Why the lack of political will to put a stop to this rot? Why no sense of energy?

Read previous post:
Police arrest man found with election materials

Malawi Police in Lilongwe have arrested a man who has been found with election materials. Nyasa Times sources at police...