‘Let’s restore the death penalty,’ Ntaba says that will reduce albino killings

Presidential adviser on local policies Dr Hetherwick Ntaba, who is aslo chairperson of National Technical Committee on Abuse of Persons,  is lobbying for the application of a death sentence to people convicted of murdering persons with albinism as as a deterrent measure to would-be offenders.

Ntaba (R) stresses a point during the news conference

Ntaba told a news conference in Lilongwe that  he is in favour of resuming executions in response to rising murder rates of persons with albinism.

Hangman job should be restored, according to Ntaba as he observed that innocent people with albinism are being murdered in the country but the perpetrators are handed lenient sentences not equivalent to their barbaric acts.

“We want the courts to pass stiffer punishments or even death sentences to those that are found guilty of such cases. This will help the country to reduce the killings of people with albinism,” Ntaba said.

He reminded the nation that laws on death and life sentences are there but some donor partners are against their implementation arguing that they are a violation of human rights.

“I was part of the team which conducted public inquiry on the issue of death sentence as part of consultations for the 1994 Constitution—Malawians overwhelmingly supported the inclusion of death penalty in our laws and I do not think that perception has changed,” he said.

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

However, Ntaba applauded the progress made in prosecuting such cases with speed and efficiency. He attributed this development to proper coordination and unity among the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Judiciary and the Police.

According to Ntaba, such a working relationship among these bodies has necessitated speedy delivery of justice in cases involving violation of rights for people with albinism.

“We can confirm that cases of this nature are now being handled by professional magistrates or high courts for proper prosecution and sentencing.

“As of now, the office of the DPP with support from the UNDP is in the process of prosecuting 13 non-murder cases involving persons with albinism in court,” he said.

President for the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) Overtone Kondowe commended the Police for stepping up security in the country to protect people living with albinism.

He cited the formation of community policing forums as a good move in checking and protecting people with albinism within their locality.

“We view this as a positive initiative in minimizing cases of attacks and abduction for people with albinism,” Kondowe said.

The country has registered 122 cases since 2013 in which 412 cases have concluded with 25 murder cases still to be finalised.

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Fake Petros
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Excellent idea. But don’t stop at albino murderers. Death penalty for those involved in devouring state funds and corruption too because it is also a heinous act. Anthu akumwalira muzipatalamu chifukwa cha kusowa mankhwala, ma ambulance mulebe, koma anthu anaba K570 billion including ma ministers are walking scout-free. Isn’t that heinous and criminal? No selective justice Ntaba.

Mbatata
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Apa guys yemwe akukana kuti death penalty ibwerere amapha anthu ndiye, koma ofuna kwabwino azibvomereza zimenezi. Kale kunali kunyongedwa anthu pamapita zaka osaphana mwina ankaphana mwangozi osati kumupha mzako chifuwa chofuna ndrama kukemera. Amtaba tsopano mwayamba nzeru Zabwino. Koma momwe muliko sangalole zimenezo chifukwa onseo ndimbala zophera anthu kunyumba

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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Ntaba, this a ploy to kill opposition followers. Death is not only the stiffer penalty, how abut life imprisonment? The EU does not support the death penalty and once this is restored, Malawi risks losing donor support from the EU immediately. Paja simuchedwa kulira azungu akakusalani. You should come up with a better strategy as government to stop killings of albinos.

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Bravo Mr Ntaba not only albino but this law of restoration of death penalty should be applied to all who has committed this barbaric acts regardless whether he has done to an albino or to a normal person I am telling you people now adays no longer fear murder, somebody can just quarrel with his spouse next you hear that he has murdered her hey! Is this a jungle rule or what? Only the strong survive? Please bring back death penalty, bring sanity into our Nation .

Ben Phiri
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If the government provides addiquate security to Malawians, there will be no need for death penalty. Apa a ntaba akuvomereza kulephera kwa boma.

Jesus is LORD
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YES. Restore the death penalty! Also the death penalty for anyone having or giving an abortion and for homosexuals. Then watch God bless Malawi just like when King Joseph did it.

JJB
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Who was King Joseph?

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