Chakwera promises to end albino attacks within a month in power: Supports State House vigil

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera says if voted into power during the May 21 elections, he will end attacks on people with albinism within a month.

Chakwera: People with albinism want to feel secure in the country

Chakwera said this at a news conference at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on the recent attacks on people with albinism.

The MCP leader said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has “miserably failed” to deliver on its socio-economic promises to Malawians and gave the DPP government low marks on the attacks of persons with albinism.

He said the DPP promised security for all, but  has  to provide security for  person with albinism and others who are attacked for political reasons.

Chakwera accused the Malawi Police Service (MPS) of failing to successfully investigate cases of abductions and killings of people with albinism.

“I will work with the Police, the Army, the Civil Society Organizations,  National Intelligence Services, as well as the all Malawians to completely deal with the issues of albinism,” said Chakwera.

The MCP leader said he is deeply concerned by the rate at which attacks on persons with albinism continue to happen in the country and urged the President to fund the National Action Plan against killings and abduction of people with albinism.

He said the plan only needs K3 billion but he was surprised that up to now the plan has not been funded when persons with albinism continue being killed and attacked, accusing  authorities of choosing  to do business as usual, with little or no urgency in their protection and response/

Chakwera said the only person with powers to commission investigations on the matter is the President.

He said the already arrested people should be questioned and the information extracted.

Chakwera promised that on March 3 2019 he will give a solidarity support by joining Association of People with Albinism (Apam) in  its planned vigil at State House to force authorities to look into their security demands.

The association has also urged Malawians to vote wisely in the coming elections to make a difference, saying the polls present an opportunity for the people to make the country a better place for everyone.

Apam president Overtone Kondowe said if the vigils do not yield results, Apam will demand that Malawi be declared an unsafe zone and they will seek help so that  people with albinism seek asylum in other countries.

But Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has discouraged the association from holding the vigil, saying it will not yield anything and that it will “only complicate matters”,  saying government is doing all it can to address the situation.

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Bolero
Bolero
2 years ago

Prediction on 2019 elections: 2014: DPP – 36.4%, MCP – 27.8%, PP 20.2% UDF – 13.7% 2019: DPP – 23.4%, MCP – 25.8%, PP – 10.0% UDF – 12.8%, UTM – 26.1% The above is what will look like come May 23, 2019 with a marginal error of +/- 1.0. With UTM on the scene, the biggest losers will be DPP (mostly urban areas, MJ and TO) and PP (north and urban areas). MCP and UDF will marginally lose some youth votes to UTM. In other words, the 2019 election will be close to call between MCP and UTM. –… Read more »

Kubwix Zandu
Kubwix Zandu
2 years ago
Reply to  Bolero

God thing its a prediction not reality. Malawi will speak on 21 May

Observer from Utopia
Observer from Utopia
2 years ago

Hopefully when he fails to deliver we will demand his resignation in no time!

A letter to Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera
A letter to Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera
2 years ago

Dear, Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera. First you said you will resign after two years in power if you failed to fulfil all your promises, but we both know that no one can develop this country in two years. Now you are coming up with this promise of ending albino killings in a month, which is in itself depressing to the albino community for politicians using their disability as a political weapon against opponents. Honourable Reverend why do you like making silly promises? Can we really trust you with our votes to run this country, like seriously? Who advises you on… Read more »

Bolero
Bolero
2 years ago

Malume Chakwera, ending albino killing is not as simple as you are putting it. It is an organized syndicate that may even involve people that surround you. You may ask, why is the practice so rampant during elections period? Perhaps you know that after elections the killings will die down since motives for killing such people would have been achieved. If that is the belief then I am with you.

Maya
Maya
2 years ago

Hope soon things will change….well done Chakwera…

MLOMWE
MLOMWE
2 years ago

WINA AFUNE ASAFUNE KOMA MUKUWINA

Princol Ashan
Princol Ashan
2 years ago

i do second what chakwera said , akanakhala chete munakati nso alibe fundo this is how opposition bring constructive governance ,only that the ruling government is stubborn on this issue

Concerned citizen
2 years ago

Why do these atrocities intensify in times of elections? What ever the case, the failure to act with impact is shameful. Leadership is meant to deal with these complex issues. That is why leaders get the benefits they do. For anyone who calls themself a leader in Malawi, act on this issue and act now. It appears MPs have no power to do anything on this issue, it is a shame on the whole country. Relegious leaders, where are you? Are you silent because you are part of the murderers? THE SILENCE AND INACTION IS SICKENING AND AN ABDICATION OF… Read more »

Sungururerureru
Sungururerureru
2 years ago

This clergy is a combination of Nyunsensi. when he opens his mouth, expect an error. I am sure God did not approve of his move to politics.

Ndaonavino
Ndaonavino
2 years ago

Well said Mr Chakwera, its known fact that one can easily end something he/ she initiated. You being the one who initiated this, then its easy for you to end it, but why waiting until you become president? What will happen to our brothers and sisters if you fail to be in Sanjika? Sometimes Mr reverend you need to check you statements before going into public. We have been crying for the innocents souls yet you have keys to end it. Mind you! Your role is to give balance and checks at the same time offering solutions to the government.… Read more »

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
2 years ago

A Chakwera, kunali anzanu kunja kuno, A John Tembo, A Gwanda Chakwamba eni ake a lower shire, adalephera kulamulira dziko after people didn’t want MCP to ever rule again, inunso musachulutse mau, MCP will never rule again

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