Dausi says APAM should lobby Amnesty International for death sentence for albino killers

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi  has asked  Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) to persuade international rights defenders such as Amnesty International  for the application of a death sentence to people convicted of murdering persons with albinism, saying this will deter others from abusing people with albinism.

Dausi: There is need to persuade Amnesty International

Dausi made the rematks at the funeral of missing of a boy with albinism in Machinga District,  MacDonald Masambuka popularly known in his area as Mark who went missing on March 9, 2018.

His remarks comes after APAM and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) have engaged in verbal war blaming each other over measures to contain continued abduction and killings of people with albinism.

Dausi said the heinous crimes perpetrated against people with albinism can only come to an end with a stiffer punishment.

He said government has managed to influence change of the law—amendment of the Anatomy Act to provide for stiff penalties to people who abuse persons with disabilities.

Since last year, Malawi has been facing incidences of killings and abductions of people with albinism, a development that has disturbed peace for such people and their families.

This is due to the myths that human parts of albinos can be used—without any proof—to cure certain diseases as well as to make people rich.

The latest case on Masambuka, police have so far arrested 12 people including a cop and  family members.

APAM Country Coordinator Boniface Massa blamed the police for not doing enough to contain the situation by providing the much needed security to people with albinism.

Other than the security aspect, Massa blamed the police for failure to trace and bring back to their families the missing people with albinism. He said the latest case of Mark should give food for thought law enforcers.

“We are dealing with an organised crime and this missing of Mike and other people since we started registering attacks in Malawi, it shows how sophisticated these guys are and it also gives a lot of security assignment to our security officers to say they have they failed? Are these crime perpetrators better than our security personnel?” wondered Massa.

He said APAM has tried in the past to do massive awareness and people have accepted the plight of people with albinism, adding that the association went a mile further to work with the police through community policing structures, but said consistency is lacking in the fight.

“As it stands today, it brings in issues of us losing trust in our security mechanisms because if criminals take us to the extent of having no trace or whereabouts of people with albinism that becomes a serious threat to persons with albinism even people who are living with people with albinism,” added  Massa.

Deputy National Police Publicist Thomeck Nyaude dismissed Massa’s sentiments, saying it is untrue and that police officers are doing everything possible to contain the situation.

“It is not true that we have failed, much as we understand their situation in as far as the crime is concerned, the police are working tirelessly day and night that these issues should stop forthwith,” said Nyaude.

He went further to assure APAM and the citizenry at large that as police, they are doing everything possible to see to it that the crimes in question should stop.

On inconsistency in the fight against the crime, Nyaude explained that the key challenge has been lack of coordination in the fight against the crime, saying some stakeholders involved in helping to curb the crime are mainly doing it alone.

“The first challenge is that we are lacking the team approach, a lot of players are not doing the needful to collaborate and the second challenge is the myth that people believe to say using human parts of our friends with albinism they can get rich, it is the myth that is doing a lot of damage than the criminals,” explained Nyaude.

Since attacks on people with albinism started last year, government, civil society and other non-State actors have condemned the issue publicly and some people who have been insulting and mocking people with albinism have been arrested as a measure to protect people with albinism

 

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Jijo
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Malawi as a sovereign state does not need permission from Amnesty International to change laws that govern the country. If Hon. Dausi wants to propose change of Malawian law he should present the matter in Malawi parliament, and make sure there has been enough consultation with Malawians about the proposed changes. There are many countries on earth where death sentence is legal including USA but they do not need approval from Amnesty International to execute murderers in their countries. There’s need to take the problem of albino persecution and murder serious enough in Malawi for things to change. Malawi should… Read more »
Power
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Malawians. Bon Kalindo led people against these killings but i think he was misunderstood and was taken lightly, he had the same message the minister is suggesting, he pushed for the same death penalty. This is serious lets rescue our country from this barbaric act. Bravo Kalindo!!!!

TRUMP
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SHIT HOLE

SHIT HOLE

COUNTRY !!

Malawian
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So amnesty international should decide our destiny and what is good for us not our so called government?. Shame on you Dausi and big shame on government . When we say our government is inept this is exactly what we mean.. Next time you will tell us to ask the UN to give us security or protect us from thugs and armed robbers who are terrosing every corner of the country. If you cannot protect citizens and punish bad elements terrosing citizens then you have no business being anywhere near government. Pathetic people is what you are. So disappointed I… Read more »
Malawian
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So amnesty international should decide our destiny and what is good for us not our so called government?. Shame on you Dausi and big shame on government . When we say our government is inept this is exactly what we mean.. Next time you will tell us to ask the UN to give us security or protect us for thugs and armed robbers who are terrosing every corner of the country. If you cannot protect citizens and punish bad elements terrosing citizens then you have no business being anywhere near government. Pathetic people is what you are. So disappointed I… Read more »
Ndendeuli
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Mmh! Ife kale tinkangoti anapweli samafa koma amangosowa osadziwa kuti anthu oipa ankawapha.

Msundu
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Bwana Dausi thats the best way to end this stupidity

cashgate
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This govt has failed in every sphere; be it in education, health, fighting corruption, nepotism, etc.
Doesn’t it sounds strange and shameful for a govt minister advising a CSO appeal for security help from Amnesty International? I feel ashamed of myself on this, what’s the role of govt in the albino killings?
It shamefully foolish for a govt minister to even utter such sentiments now when the same govt claims that it really represents Malawians than CSOs do.

Central
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This shows how clueless this is………………!! You are serving Malawians and have to protect Malawians! Are you there to please Amnesty International! Dzianthu zopanda nzeru inu. Ndimayesa Peter ankakhala ku USA! Is it news to Peter that the following USA states do have the death penalty? Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Since 1976 USA is known to have executed 1,467 people. And those they executed were those they had serious issues with……! Abale… Read more »
Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

In USA some states still have death penalty. why should we lobby amnesty. its because we are poor. We were rich we could have been making our own decisions. in fact death penalty is still in our laws its only that since multiparty we have not used it, but those who kill other people do not deserve to live

Andrew
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Lack of proper education, beliefs without hard work, etc will lead us no where. How can a person in their right mind believe in getting rich over night without hard work? It is the religious beliefs being preached by most of these resent guys who believe in juju. You will get nowhere

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