Former advisor to President Peter Mutharika on communication and strategy, Bright Malopa has taken to Facebook to censure garrulous Mulanje South member of Parliament (MP) Bon Kalindo for his push on death sentence following the dramatic rise in abductions and killing of persons with albinism.
Kalindo, a comedian-cum-politician, has even said he will stage a naked protests to lobby fellow lawmakers to support his cause to retain capital punishment.
But Malopa said death sentence is already in the law of Malawi and Kalindo is clueless on what the laws stipulate.
Wrote Malopa on his Facebook: “Bon Kalindo is threatening to walk naked in an effort to put pressure on fellow MPs to retain capital punishment on albino murderers. Is the [honourable]MP aware that capital punishment has not been repealed from our constitution? Sounds like the lawmaker is not conversant with his own laws.”
President Peter Mutharika has also said he would not introduce a death penalty as it already exists for homicide in Malawi.
The High Court abolished the mandatory death penalty after it was deemed unconstitutional, but although not implemented, Malawi has retained the death penalty for murder, rape, treason, armed robbery and burglary with aggravated circumstances.
Kalindo said it should be mandatory in law that albino killers should face death sentence.
“If it does not happen I will walk naked from Old Town [Lilongwe] to Parliament Building to show my fury and force it to happen with speed because we are not doing enough,” said Kalindo on Sunday.
Kalindo, who is also deputy spokesperson for ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), added that he has done a research which he has found out that albino body parts are magnetic and that their hair can be weaved into fishing lines to help fisherman make a big catch.
Witchcraft and mysterious occult beliefs have been blamed for the surge in attacks targeting albinos.