Malawi inquiry report on PWAs killings ‘almost ready’, says Minister

Government spokesperson has said a presidential commission of inquiry set up early 2019 to investigate killings of people with albinism (PWAs) is not ready with is findings.

Botomani: The report is almost ready and will be released soon

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani  has said  Malawians must exercise “patience”, saying the report is almost ready and will be released soon – without stating the exact date – almost 11 months after it’s scheduled deadline.

Following a series of attacks on people with albinism, including brutal murders,  President Peter Mutharika instituted a commission of inquiry, headed by retired judge Robert Chinangwa, which came into effect on March 5 2019 to investigate the killings and produce a report by April 30 2019.

The commission was supposed to issue a report by April 2019 but since then, there has been no communication on the matter despite such attacks resurfacing.

Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) who have demanded the release of the report for stakeholders to work on the recommendations and address the brutal attacks.

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo said government inquiries have become a means of silencing serious issues.

“It seems the President just wanted to score political points by instituting a commission that could not deliver. Of course from the start we questioned the commission that had been put in place. We felt it lacked capacity and it wasn’t independent,” he said.

Apam has since given government up to March 30 to release findings of an inquiry.

In a statement, Apam president Ian Simbota said: “Government is keeping under wraps a commission of inquiry report which the State President received in 2019.  Other stakeholders have also emulated the precedent set by government, keeping their studies’ dossiers locked up in office cabinets with keys kept in their loins.

“By default, government and those that call themselves ‘stakeholders and partners’ and yet they are engaged in such strange phenomena are playing the role of accomplices. We continue to wonder how they hold themselves accountable by not releasing the studies’ reports.”

Meanwhile, Livingstonia Synod Church and Society Programme executive director Moses Mkandawire has condemned the manner in which government is handling the issue.

Since November 2014, over 150 crimes against people with albinism have been reported in Malawi, including 25 murders and over 10 people missing, according to Apam.

 

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Gee
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Don’t worry, real enquiry will take place so after u r out of the government, f***k u Dpp thugs

Kambewa Chisale
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One year has passed now since you started. You are covering the Pig.

Chineke
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Chineke

This is why I keep saying any sane person voting for DPP or going around kumakuwa chala m’mwamba it’s like voting for our brothers & sisters with Albanism to continue being killed, I rest my case

Mdala
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Mdala

It is not only incompetence on MECs side, if the Cabinet could be scrutinised by a puplic anointment committee or a court it would surely go the same way! What dos it say about their Master, who appoints al this failures and none performers?

Chineke
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Chineke

Incompetent stupid DPP ministers 😡😡😡, all u kno is kill, steal & destroy! Monsemuja mudayambira almost ready……almost ready….africa will nvr go 4ward with people leading the show like these, clueless of what is supposed to be done! 😡😡😡

Kapado Chimulirenji
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This guy is pathological liar like his master. How many times has he been assuring Malawian about the ATI, and where are we now with it? Please don’t take Malawians for fools. You will one day pay a heavy price for your lies.

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Nyasatimes…..mumakonda kupanga hide some comments. Zichepe! This botomani boy is full of lies. The report he will present is all shit. Dont waste time. Osamawanyengelela anthu akamapanga zopusa.

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

26 albinos killed
11 albinos deaths not traced
Ntaba in the team named as one of killers. Niece wake anauvula udindo nkuluyu atachulidwa.
ena akanali ku ndende, mlandu wakale kaleeeeeeee.
Nsundwe
Njauju
Chasowa

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

a bitomani. We know you will give us a fake report.

Mtete
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Mtete

Let me get this clear. The Commission was set up early 2019 and the report of it’s findings is not ready as of now, over one year later? Come on Botoman/government. Are you serious? The Commission has no doubt been spending time and taxpayers money in allowances and to don’t feel any shame and remorse?
The sooner this money addicted government goes, the better.

What a shame!

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