Malawi Police in Machinga have arrested a 25 year old father to a girl with albinism after a botched abduction exercise.
Police publicist in Machinga Davie Sulumba confirmed the arrest of Bizwick Likwanya who is suspected to have master minded the abduction of his six year daughter with albinism on May 29.
The arrest of Likwanya comes barely two days after Amnesty International issued a scathing attack on the government for its failure to decisively act on the matter.
Sulumba said Likwanya has since been moved to Zomba Maximum Prison as he awaits to appear in court to answer attempted abductions and murder charges.
At least 18 people with albinism have been killed todate with 75 others facing abductions and harassment. This tallies well with an observation by Inspector General of Police Lexter Kachama who recently said that the battle against the abductions and killings are hampered by the fact that close relations of people with albinism are also connected to the abductions and murders.
Meanwhile, Information minister Patricia Kaliati has angrily dismissed an assertion by Amnesty International that the government has been too slow in responding to the attacks by people with albinism.
“This is out of order, the government is doing all it can to put the situation under control. Suspects are being arrested and prosecuted,” she said.
It is estimated that there are 20000 people with albinism.