Divisions rock persons with albinism: Apam accused of adopting ‘elitist approach’, parallel group PACPWA emerges

A group of persons with albinism calling itself Poor and Concerned People with Albinism (PACPWA) has emerged with a spirited swipe at the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) leadership accusing it of politicising issues to do with the abductions and killings of their kindred, and taking an “elitist approach.”

Mutharika set to engage persons with albinism into a dialogue

PACPWA has, through a statement published Wednesday  signed by  the group’s chairperson Francis Masambuka and secretary general Ellen Khonje, indicated that it is ready to meet with President Peter Mutharika Thursday morning for dialogue over issues affecting them.

The move is a challenge to APAM leadership as its president, Overtone Kondowe, outrightly pointed out that they would only be meeting Mutharika during their vigil scheduled for March 6 to 8 next week.

In the statement seen by Nyasa Times, PACPWA says “APAM has adopted an elitist approach in its operations leaving out the most poor and vulnerable who unfortunately are in majority as regards to PWA. These are the target of the killings and abductions in the country.

“There is a difference between the leaders, executive of APAM and rest of the PWA as the gap of poverty and issues faced with is huge and alarming. Of late, APAM is becoming a more political organization with a select few elite at the helm and more concerned with their image than the plight of the PWA.”

As a response, PACPWA says, it has put “our destiny in our own hands where we become brothers keepers and not trust the elite PWA whose focus seems to be a self-enrichment process.”

Among others, the block has accused APAM of taking a stand which is more of a militant position against government and “a soft spot” with the opposition political parties thereby throwing lives of persons with albinism into dangerous political games.

“In this regard, the lives of PWA has been reduced to a political puppet which can be showcased for sympathy of votes and not necessarily assisting in addressing their plight,” the statement says.

According to PACPWA, they find wanting “the decision and reasoning of APAM for turning down a meeting with the Head of State.”

Reads the statement: “First, we the PWA believe that dialogue with different stakeholders as key to addressing the issues affecting us while APAM feels that only the Opposition leaders should be met while the President and Government must be made to be our enemy.

“We are saddened that the opposition political parties seems to fuel PWA disdain towards the Government while they have little or nothing to offer to the plight of the same group.”

PACPWA further acknowledges the “strong political will” and “multiple interventions by government” through its various departments and agencies, and other organizations and development partners to curb these attacks and ensure the security and safety of people with albinism.

While APAM president could not be immediately available for comment, social commentator Stanley Onjezani Kenani, backed APAM’s decision to turn down the Thursday meeting with President Mutharika.

“APAM is right in turning down the made-for-the-cameras meeting with the President, whose half-hearted attempts at ending the killings of people with albinism leave no one in doubt that there will be no tangible outcome,” Kenani wrote on his Facebook wall.

Persons with Albinism will hold a three-day vigil from March 6 to 8 2019 at Kamuzu Palace, official residence of President Mutharika, to express their displeasure with continued attacks of its members.

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Blackberry
Blackberry
2 years ago

Without public trust u albinos will b mowed like grass. U have exposed urself. Shupit anthu opanda nzeru inu

National CEO
National CEO
2 years ago

Koma chibwana mukupanga ma alubino inu, muzingotoledwa ngati mafulufute kapena kuti nyamu ndithu. Kondowe was serious but your love of money will take you to the grave.

Nambewe Sokosi
Nambewe Sokosi
2 years ago

Shaking hands with the devil himself…………….. you guys have goofed big time, i liked the approach taken by your leader Mr Kondowe, but due to dyera lanulo amongst the few, mark my words akuthani anthu mumakadya nawo ku nyumba ya chifumuwo, DPP ndi chipani choopsya ma mafia achuluka m’menemo, lero akusekererani ngati zenizeni, mikono yomweyo mwalandilira ndalama yo ndi yomweyo ataidule iwo nkumalemera, SHINE YOUR EYES PEOPLE, ndakwiya nanu koopsya

Maluza
Maluza
2 years ago

Mxiiiiiiiii mukupitaso kwa chirombo chifukwa cha ndalama. Are you serious you people?

braveheart
2 years ago

CSO parties,opposition parties&APAM should be ashamed.Those symphathizing with disgraceful comments here should know with this rudeness u can’t win elections in Malawi..majority of Malawians know where respect is due.You R just decampaigning urself. There is no devide&rule here but u shud come to ur senses that ur approach has failed u in everything..killing of albinos did not start during DPP time unless if u dont know.Its only now that people R coming in the open.The government need support from every Malawian to solve this mystery&not rubeke!

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
2 years ago

Mr Masambuka should be the president of APAM not this MCP/UTM’s booty, licker tumbuka piece of shit Khondowe. Nawenso Monjeza usandionjeze pano ndikutukwana moyipa.

Zude
Zude
2 years ago

Mwayamba chibwana anthu inu.

Noxy
2 years ago

I applaud this new albino grouping for coming out open.These organisations do really favour the rich and not poor.So its good you have started your own poor organisation to represent yourselves.Great! and can access help with easy now that you are known.Mbewa yamanyazi inafera kuuna.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
2 years ago
Reply to  Noxy

Noxy i knew that.not every person living with albinism is behind this so called presidency of APAM. Only few of them that were making noise. You can even agree with me that there were only three or four people living with albinism who were wttending MCP rallies and talk shit, and Khondowe was in every meetings that MCP was conducting. Khondowe must resign, akuyika miyoyo ya ma alubino anzake pangozi. I again say, Khondowe akudziwapo kanthu pa chipolowe chomwe chikuchitikila anzath a chi alubinowa.

Sammy
2 years ago

Apam March The Street To Meet The President They Refuse To Meet On Invitation? It Doesnt Make Sence!

mada k
mada k
2 years ago

dpp using divide and rule

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