UK-based Malawian female cleric and activist, Evangelist Elizabeth Kalonga has vehemently reproached the ongoing senseless ritual killings on people with albinism in Malawi, describing it as ‘pure evil’ saying that the country swiftly needs divine intervention.
Kalonga urged all stakeholders in the country to gang up to stop the vile act of killing innocent people with albinism , describing it as a despicable act of terrorism and an inexcusable crime against humanity.
Speaking to Nyasa Times, Evangelist Kalonga, who is the executive director of Love and Faith Project (LFP) a UK registered charitable organisation, noted that it is saddening that the issue, as serious as it is, is being treated with childishness that the heartless perpetrators and callous killers are given more room to manoeuvre and that the country needs to engage an extra gear so that “this monstrous act is fought right, left and centre.”
“What is happening in our country is to the say the least pathetic and inhuman. Our own sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and cousins are being killed and all we do is but muster ourselves and march naked in the streets and think we’re stopping the killings. How dumb? Do we really think that by protesting unclothed, we will stop the killings?
“People must not be allowed to gain cheap political mileage over such serious issues such as this one. All lives matters. People with albinism were created by the same God that created us all. We must not dramatise the killings to score political points, rather we must gang to stop the criminals forthwith not by walking naked but by acting tough,” said a visibly infuriated Kalonga in a matter-of-fact tone.
She added: “The killers are not coming from somewhere else; we live with them; when we walk naked on streets in protest, and they join us and march with us. We (desperately) need God to intervene.
“ We need to pray hard. It doesn’t matter whether you have a child or a relative with albinism or not, this is a war against mankind; whether you are a Muslim, Christian or pagan, we are all human beings and we must all join in to stop this wickedness and ensure that everybody is equally protected and respected.”
The heinous act is linked to warped superstitious beliefs among some people that body parts of people living with albinism could generate wealth, a claim which has, however, been fervently opposed by clerics, government and political party leaders, human rights activists and ordinary people across the country.
Kalonga therefore urged the Malawi government to step up and double its efforts and intensify the war against killings of people with albinism in the country by teaching the people the basics.
“All we need to combat this repugnant crime is to turn to God. The government and all its stakeholders including the faith leaders must remind the people the basic principle of life which is also the biggest law of mankind; to love one another and have faith in God, not in religion or church leaders. With love, for each other and faith in God, nobody will kill anyone,” she said.
Evangelist Kalonga urged President Mutharika and his DPP-led government to equip the police with resources that will enable them to employ sophisticated measures in the fight against the killing of people with albinism.
“These killings are not an ordinary crime. This is organised crime. The police cannot combat it using traditional methods; they need to have the resources and necessary modern technological skills to curb it. It is a new age crime and it needs new age methods to combat it. The government must do all it can to ensure all its people are protected and that their fundamental human rights are respected at all times. All Malawians (with or without albinism) must be treated equally.”
In most parts of the country, in all the regions, it is perceptible that lives of people with albinism are in great danger as acts of kidnapping, chopping off body parts and killing people with albinism are rife.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :