Malawi must act on albino killings –Association for Persons with Albinism
The Association for Persons with Albinism (APAM) Friday called on Malawi government and all stakeholders to take a tough stand on the continuing killing of people with albinism.
APAM made the call at a press briefing held in Lilongwe in conjunction with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Joint Advocacy Against Persons with Albinism Killing in Malawi (JAAAKM).
The call follows the abduction and brutal killing of a nine-year-old boy with albinism in Machinga recently despite the on-going campaign against such brutal acts.
In a statement co-signed by APAM Chairperson, Abigail Dzimadzi, and chairperson for the network of civil society organizations defending the rights of persons with albinism, Amon Lukhele, the organizations said over 50 attacks of people with albinism had been recorded between December 2014 and March 2016 alone.
“We have registered over 50 attacks with 11 deaths of which 64 percent of the deaths are women and children,” said the statement.
The two observed in their statement that although there was political will and personal commitment by the President Prof. Peter Mutharika to protect persons with albinism in Malawi, the task force had not been fully financed to date, leading to a lapse in its implementation and operations.
“There are no meaningful results from the task force evidenced by continued attacks, abductions and exhumations of body remains from the grave: this is a clear indication of collective failure to guarantee the right to life for people with albinism,” reads the statement.
The CSOs grouping has since called on government to take administrative measures to ensure maximum protection and enjoyment of right to life of persons with albinism in the country.
The grouping has also asked government to fully implement without delay, the Action Plan of 2015 on the response to the killings and abduction of person with albinism.
“We also call for the review and amendment of the Disability Act to include a provision on persons with albinism,” the statement further said.
The CSOs further appealed for international cooperation in the investigations to effectively speed up access to justice among all Malawians concerned in the killing of people with albinism.
Present at the briefing also was APAM President, Boniface Massa, who cried out to SADC and AU to intervene and bring the abduction and killing of the persons with albinism to an end in Africa.
On the night of 26 February 2016, a mob of unidentified men broke into a house in Mpakati Village, T/A Nkoola in Machinga and abducted a nine-year-old-boy, Harry Mokoshoni, injuring his mother in the process.
The head of the boy was found five days later in Chikweo, over 20km away from where the boy was abducted and the body is still reported missing.
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but its not good to say nd DILU ALBINOS akapezeka anthu otelewa just burn them
So Its BAD to Kill Albinos BUT Okay to KILL GAY PEOPLE? Foolish, this country is FULL OF HYPOCRITES
Why is the Judiciary dishing out 3-months imprisonment or MK20,000 for those with human albino bones ?Should we say they are accomplices in the act ?PLIZ PLIZ , you parliamentarians , instead of bringing GUNS to the Parliament , put new laws for Albino killers and abductors immediately.Otherwise mukudziwapo kanthu on albinos missing.
Or else let the people use a FAST TRACKED Nsanje method to get justice.
I am tired of hearing MURDERS on Bail in our towns.
Komatu Mulungu Amene Muli Kumwamba Mutsikile Nimutetezele nokha our own created Albino monga munachitila ndi ana a israel- exodus 3 vs 7, and awa ndithu komwe akubisalako avumbulutseni,ndipo ngati akanabeleka ndikupemphela kuti ana awo onse azibeleka albino ngakhale pa mtundu pawo ponse so that they can feel this ! in Jesus Name Ndapempha , Amen.
Chonde Ambuye mulowelelepo basi, dziko ili labvunda. walakwa chani munthu. Anthu opezeka akuchita zonyasazi aphedwe basi (eye for an eye nothing else)
maybe you can also lobby for emergency asylum for people with albinism otherwise people lives are in danger
I, like most well meaning Malawians find the attacks on Albinos absolutely appalling.May be bringing up this issue through the media and a country wide education of the masses might help.May the Lord help us all.
Ever you tasted the deliciousness of a fat woman like the above pictured lady? they sweets more than normal !
I think the Chikwawa people have spoken. Lets we adopt it
Anyone connected with the killings of Albinos let him be killed. Nobody in his right sense could say DILU IYO akunena munthu mzake. God forbid!!!!
May the soul of the innocent boy rest in peace.