An opposition parliamentarian on Thursday nearly sent the House into fresh turmoil when he claimed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders were behind the brutal killings of persons with albinism.
Lilongwe Msozi MP Vitus Dzoole Mwale claimed he had evidence to back his allegation.
He was contributing to a private member’s motion by Dowa east MP Richard Chimwendo Banda who was imploring upon the House to review the Anatomy Act so as to give more powers to courts to mete out the stiffest punishment on abductions and killings of people with albinism.
“I have the evidence. You can go to Ntcheu Police, a senior DPP official went there in order to force the police let out a suspect in the murder of a person with albinism,” said Dzoole, known for his humour of picking and sizing up DPP senior officials in parliament for political verbal war.
However, Speaker Richard Msowoya forced him to withdraw the allegations, telling him that the legislators were debating a serious matter which needed serious debate and attention.
“The honourable member should not trivialise this matter, this is a serious issue,” said Msowoya and Dzoole Mwale gave in and apologised.
Senior DPP officials, including vice presidents George Chaponda and Goodall Gondwe just looked on probably as a tactic to avoid derailing the national budget debate.
Dzoole Mwale said no albino was killed during the Malawi Congress Party era when Kamuzu was in power – of course people believed such people never died but dissapeared.
Minister of Justice Sam Tembenu said the drafting of relevant laws targeting at ending the abductions and killings of people with albinism have been completed.
He said Chancellor College’s Law Department have done the drafting and will soon be presented in parliament so that abductors and killers face the maximum penalty.
Tembenu said in addition, the government has already trained police prosecutors on the existing and coming laws of the abductions and killings of people with albinism.
The minister also announced that the government has appointed a desk officer of the abductions and killings and is based at the ministry of Justice headquarters.