Malawi leader renew vows to ‘hunt down’ albino killers
Malawi President Peter Mutharika has renewed his vows to ensure that his government will punish those behind a series of albino killings following attacks from human body parts sellers.
The latest case was the beheading of a boy in Machinga District.
Mutharika said the attacks and killings of the people living with albinism has brought “fear and breakdown of communal life and sense of insecurity” among the people of albinism.
He said the attacks are “evil” and a threat of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Malawi constitution.
The President in a statement broadcast on taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) television and radio reminded security agencies to intensify a manhunt for the killers.
He said security agencies have intensified “surveillances” and “investigations” to track down the killers.
Mutharika also called on the judiciary to conduct speedy trials of suspects in the attacks.
Albinism is a condition where people are born with little or no pigment in their skin and hair. People with the condition tend to stand out in Africa, and are sometimes targeted by witch doctors who use their body parts in so-called magic potions.
Witch doctors often tell clients that albino body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business.
However, President Mutharika assured the nation that he will not allow people born with albinism to live in fear of losing their lives because of their condition following some peoples “unreasonable beliefs.”
His comments comes after Albino Association of Malawi president Boniface Massa said it was disheartening to learn that despite assurances of protection from the State and waves of condemnation of the attacks on albinos, the attacks continue.
Mutharika said government has intensified its working relationship with the Association of Persons with Albinism (Apam).
Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati was on Saturday quoted by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) as having said government was working on ending the attacks.
She vowed that government will bring the culprits to book, saying government was working with other stakeholders to review the relevant laws to ensure the safety of the citizens.
But Kaliati dismissed suggestions of safe zones for albinos as something that can promote stigma and discrimination at a time government was seeking equality.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Safe zone is not stigma chemwali,u need to weigh the situation, currently its when they are discriminated coz pple are targeting them not urself,why? safe zone learn from zambia its doing good
You can not defeat the killings of albinos by laws only because it is a spiritual battle. My advise is that form up prayer towers where albinos and other interested members of the christian faith will be holding night vigils and ask for God’s intervention.
May God almighty protect all albinos world wide, Amen
Can the president issue the same directive to the Inspector General of Police to arrest those people who killed Njauju forthwith otherwise Malawians have lost trust in APM administration , not even forgeting to mention the national audit of the MWK577bn , the MWK92bn and arresting the masterminder of the person disturbing the Mzuzu Joint Opposition Parties meeting ?
Once he does come up with the findings of the above mentioned things then Malawians will believe him as a serious leader.
munayambila paja kunena kuti muchita kanthu? Tikanena kuti mukudziwapo kanthu muziti talalata?