CSOs dare Mutharika on albino killings: Pen Malawi leader to clear his name  over audio allegations

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has written President Peter Mutharika to clear his name after an audio clips have gone viral which the Head of State is  implicated in the killing of persons with albinism.

 President Mutharika with Boniface Massa as the Malawi leader meets splinter group of  the Association of People Living with Albinism in Malawi

In a letter addressed to Mutharika dated February 27  2019, copied to the Chief Justice, Speaker of the National assembly and the Inspector General of Police, HRDC says there has been a lukewarm reaction to the killings of persons with albinism which gives credence to suggestions that the State was involved in the killings.

HRDC said in the letter seen by Nyasa Times that it is shocked and disturbed with allegations from various audios circulating on social media claiming that the President is behind the abductions and killing of persons with albinism in Malawi.

The letter signed by HRC chairperson Timothy Mtambo , Vice Chairperson Gift Trapence and Central Region Chair for HRDC Billy Mayaya said the audio  were recorded and shared by suspects who were arrested and are currently in Malawi Prisons “and seem to be revealing who is really behind the albino killings. The audios mention your name,Your Excellency, and other top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials.”

Reads the letter in part: “We at HRDC consider these allegations leveled against you very serious and grave looking at issues and circumstances of [person with albinism] Killings in Malawi.

“There can’t be silence on this issue especially recognizing that Malawi Government has on several occasions commented on online publications and social media stories.”

HRDC said there has been a public outcry that Mutharika’s office is not doing enough to stop these killings.

“First your government has refused to fund the National Action Plan to stop the killings of people with Albinism. This Action Plan was developed by different stakeholders including security experts with a budget of MK3 billion but so far government has provided nothing to operationalize the Action Plan. Malawians are wondering why Government is frustrating efforts to deal with albino killings.

“Secondly, Malawi Police has failed to uncover the syndicate behind the albino killings despite recognition that our police has well trained professional investigators who can conduct intelligence, follow ups and investigate in all angles to stop the killings.”

HRDC stated that “the feeling is that the government is not supporting Malawi Police to do professional work and there are no expected orders from relevant office to police to uncover this.

“The feeling is that there are deliberate efforts to frustrate police from doing professional work. The police has even failed to provide updates on how the problem started, progress made and how police plan to stop the killings. The public has now lost hope on how the killings will stop as people with albinism continue to be killed, abducted and disappear,” reads the letter in part.

HRDC reminds Mutharika that an expert Report from UNDP revealed that killings of people with albinism escalate during elections period and politicians are some of major perpetrators.

“It is worrisome when some suspects mention your office and you personally. We have noted that some suspects have died in suspicious circumstances including some who are alleged to have committed suicide in Karonga and Mangochi after being picked by police and recently the case of Mr. Buleya Lule who is alleged to have been killed by Malawi Police personnel while in the hands of police at Central Region Police Headquarters, in Lilongwe.”

It continued: “Preliminary autopsy report from Pathologists state that Mr. Buleya Lule was heavily assaulted burnt with hot iron and electrocuted. The images of Mr. Buleya have been shared all over the world. You will note Your Excellency that there is no interest from any state institution to bring to book police officers who were on duty that day and allegedly assaulted Mr.Buleya Lule to death. The suspicion is that Malawi Government is covering up everything as part of the grand scheme to uncover the syndicate behind the albino killings.”

HRDC also said that despite the gruesome killings of people with albinism, adductions and disappearance where so far 19 people have been killed, 14 have disappeared, no government office is being asked to account for these atrocities.

“We find that the Minister of Homeland Security and his Deputy have not been asked to resign or fired. We see that the Inspector General of Police and his Deputies have not been asked to resign or fired while the killings, abductions and disappearances of people with albinism continue.

“In fact there is no update on progress made to stop the killings while these killings, abductions and disappearances escalate to crisis levels every single day. This is raising a lot of suspicions. As a result people with Albinism are resorting to asylum seeking. This is bringing shame to our country Malawi. We are afraid Malawi may be categorized as a country practicing genocide against people with albinism where it may face international crimes investigations,” reads the letter.

HRDC also asks Mutharika to come out publicly come out and comment on the allegations levelled against him within seven days.

They also asked Mutharika to avail himself at the forthcoming National Assembly session to address and answer questions from Members of Parliament on the allegations and his government strategy in dealing with the national crisis.

Governance and rights activist Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that the audio clips circulation on social media are “serious allegations” that the President cannot afford to just sit down and pretend that everything is okay.

“HRDC is acting within the law to demand accountability of President Mutharika and other DPP senior officials implicated in the alleged syndicate on the killings of persons with Albinism.

“The President must clear himself from these allegations lest he be perceived as a chief suspect in these killings following the recent events and his government’s docile, casual approach to these killings,” said Munthali.

He said the demand for President Mutharika to appear before Parliament and answer questions on what his government is doing is not only Constitutional but also timely and realistic.

“With the level at which these killings of persons with albinism has reached the best you can expect from Mutharika is to address the nation through such a platform as Parliament where the people’s representatives can quiz him on what his government is doing to end the killings of persons with albinism.

“Mutharika must rise up and face Parliament and answer questions on the killings of persons with albinism.”

Meanwhile, President Mutharika is set to meet a splinter group of the Association of  Persons with Albinism (Apam) calling itself  Poor and Concerned People with Albinims (Pacpwa)  at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe to discuss how stakeholders  can work together to stop abduction, maiming and killing  of PWAs.

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Female Anopheles fenestus mosquito = Malaria
Female Anopheles fenestus mosquito = Malaria
2 years ago

I feel sorry for a group of Anapwere that took part in a meeting yesterday, for they are myopic, all because of money! The same money that makes pipo butcher them.

Kambewa chisale
2 years ago

DPP
Mene Mene thekelo Oferseen

Sato
Sato
2 years ago

Macadet tsegukani mmaso sapoti yanu yopanda phindu. Malubinowa akuti akuphedwa pofuna zizimba. Funso ndikumati boma likuchita chiyani kuti asing’anga asakolezere mchitidwewu? Ngati asing’angawo boma silikuchita nawo ndi chifukwa chani? Boma lomwelo linaletsa AZAMBA kuchiza azimayi woyembekezera ndiye apa likutani? Muyankhe mafunso amenewa ana a njoka inu?

Hen Chinkhuku
2 years ago

To Wonani Chiuta and James Nthondo and Achiswe / Trumpence / Mtambo / Mayaya! be realistic in your writings or commenting. Unless you are minors I can only label you all idiots. Albino issues started long time ago in the 70s when APM was away amassing professional accolades, which I believe you are too jealous of him. He cant sink that low to be associated with charms..not Peter…We all know that you (Mtambo / Trapence / Mayaya) had paid up that idiot to record that stupid audio to implicate the President. Challenge me here if you did not pay him…… Read more »

ganalieli
ganalieli
2 years ago

The so called HRDC is very useless. Can they please the amount of money they get from donors to just walk and then silent for some time to complete foundations of their new houses? What type of CSO encourages working against Government but happy to work along opposition parties? Gift Trapence, Mtambo, and whoever is there, who are you dudes fooling? Government is not benefiting from such killings, it has and is still doing some efforts to help but you HRDC what have you done apart from using your WhatsApp and talk nonsense? Do you have a solution? Do you?… Read more »

Defender of Albinos
Defender of Albinos
2 years ago
Reply to  ganalieli

Macadet munya. Paja ndinu mukumaphera ma albino ambuyanu. Mzanu ndi uyu mwakamuphera ku police kuopa aulula ambuyanu. You will answer your crimes come 21 May with your murderous president. Why a Commission of enquiry when you let go the chance to nail the culprits of albino killings by eliminating the suspect. If there is to be a Commission of Enquiry on albino killings, there should be another to enquire why suspects in police custody are eliminated by dubious suicides and devious murders.

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
2 years ago

Poor Ntambo in the head

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
2 years ago

Mtambo Trapence and wina uja Mayaya zitsiru zopanda nzeru. They think they are wise than all Malawians. Mwatumidwa ndi a opposition we know this. Don’t politicise issue ya albino killings. Let government do its part. Let opposition play a role osati rhetoric ai. You won’t achieve anything but simply putting pen to paper. Come up with solutions. Maso osemphanawo

Roll Out ATI Now
Roll Out ATI Now
2 years ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

Inu ndiye mwatumidwa ndi DPP kapena Peter Mutharika, mutnhu wopanda nzeru, an ineffective leader. Bolanso Bingu, awa Malawi you missed a point.

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago

APM its within your right to sue these busters. Sew their pants off, not criminally but a civil case of defamation and all the add ons. Sue them and their generations to come, what kind of nonsense is this? If you tolerate these buggers then you are not a leader worth your salt.

Roll Out ATI Now
Roll Out ATI Now
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

Go ahead and sue, the court is ready for you

Achiswe
2 years ago

This courageous action must be commended. We look forward to the President’s response with eagerness.

Chimulilenji 2
2 years ago

Why am I seeing Chilima on the picture???

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