A man has been arrested in Lilongwe after him and his accomplices still at large drilled a large hole into the wall of a house of the immediate past president of Albino Association of Malawi Gilbert Daille.
Daille, who is a person with albinism, confirmed the attackers came in the wee hours of Friday, around 2am and run away after he shouted for help and neighbours came in large numbers.
“I heard something like earth falling so I became I suspicious. When I woke up I saw a large hole on my house wall, this is when I screamed and the attackers run away.” He said the neighbours hunted for the attackers in the vicinity and managed to apprehend one suspect who took refuge in a maize field near the house.
The suspect was handed over to Kawale police.
President of Albino Association of Malawi Overtone Kondowe said he was shocked that the attackers can now hit houses of people living with albinism right away in cities where security is supposed to be tight.
“Mr Daille’s residence is near Kawale police and Kamuzu Palace and yet the attackers can hit that way, this shows we have no security, we have no where to go now,” he said.
Police say there were gathering information on the issue but Inspector General of police Lextern Kachama said this week the police would fight a relentless war against attacks on people with albinism which have left 19 people dead and hundreds injured and traumatised.
Just a week ago unknown attackers hit a house of two brothers with albinism in Nsanje and are battling for their lives at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. A week earlier, a woman with albinism was mercilessly killed in Lilongwe’s area 36.