Mutharika invites protesting people with albinism: ‘Come meet me in Mzuzu’

President Peter Mutharika has invited members of the Association of Person with Albinims (Apam) who marched to the presidential palace  in Lilongwe and are holding a vigil to meet him at Mzuzu State Lodge, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Cecelia Chazama has told Parliament.

Children were also among the protesters. Some albino children have stopped going to school for fear of attacks.

The vigils are held following the spate of attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism (PWAs).

Among its demands to the President, Apam called for a commission of inquiry on the attacks chaired by a judge and comprising Apam, chiefs, the police and Malawi Human Rights Commission, among others.

Mutharika had travelled to the northern region but the protesters vowed to camp at the palace until he returns demanding that the President returns within 48-hours.

“We will not  stop the vigils until we meet face to face with the President,” said the association’s leader Overstone Kondowe  frustrated by government inertia.

Making a ministerial statement in Parliament, Minister Chazama said  the President has invited the Apam members to travel to Mzuzu and meet the President and that government will foot all the bills.

Chazama said the meeting with the President will take place despite that all the demands by Apam are being implemented including the appointment pf  a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the attacks of PWAs.

The eight-member commission’s appointment is effective March 5 2019. It is chaired by retired judge Robert Reidson Chinangwa. Other members are Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe, Grace Massah, Abigail Dzimadzi, Paramount Chief Kawinga, George Jobe, Hilda Soko and Brenda Vokhiwa Kapenda.

The commission is expected to finalise its work and submit a report to the President by April 30, 2019.

“The commission shall act in accordance with the provision of the Act and subject thereto, shall have power to consider, determine and inquire into all aspects related to attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism,” a statement released by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) seen by Nyasa Times reads.

The President has also  said government will give security alarm gadgets  to PWAs which will be linked to police stations and can be activated if anyone is in danger.

The genetic hereditary disorder causes a partial or total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes — as a result PWAs often experience eye problems and have a heightened risk of skin cancer.

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Mzika
3 years ago

Koma munthu tinavoterayu ndichitsiru chomwa madzi ometeradi shuwa hahahahaaha hahaha mufuna mukawatani? Ayenda bwanji? Moti nkumati anthuwa mumawakonda koma? Bwanji opopedwa magazi aja simunawaitanile ku mzuzuko? Nanga okokoloka ndi madzi aja bwanji munkawaYendera khomo ndi khomo? Are we not the same with them kapena? What are you trying to teach us here bwana maliseche?

From Likoma
From Likoma
3 years ago

To : JJ pathfinder, Noxy, PatrickPhiri, Silica Gell, Wiseman, Jogoda, Lilian et al

For God sake Mutharika was supposed to postpone all his engagements in the north and head for the Southern region. There is a whole tragedy unfolding before us there in the southern region and yet your oldman is having quality time in the north commissioning taps. I thought this would be common sense. How insensitive,heartless and uncaring is this old man of yours.

Ankolo
Ankolo
3 years ago

Ankolo, commission iyi ndiyopanda ntchito. Taona ma commission kumbuyoku apereka ma report palibe chachitikapo. What is the use of investigators in the police and what is the use of the intelligence in the Malawi Defence Force. Asiyireni amenewa agwire ntchito.

Mchacha the Terrorst
Mchacha the Terrorst
3 years ago

If I were mutharika I would surely be in the southern region where a national tragedy is unfolding right before our eyes.

Chinese
Chinese
3 years ago

Kuti akamange mvula..

tru citizen
3 years ago

Intimidation like at Nlhotakota police station! We are not safe yet! This very moment an officer grabbed & deleted what my cousin was urging with his#2
Pathetic how the gentleman grabbed my handset as if catching one with bones of dear friend with albisim
Mighty Lord rescue MALAWI

DPP
DPP
3 years ago

This is not the heart of servanthood. This just shows that the president is not a humble person. It doesn’t matter whether transport accommodation will be met by govt. Koma we need munthu ozichepetsa. Just because the Albinos are poor basi should follow you all the way to Mzuzu. The President was aware of these protests but he decided to go to Mzuzu any way. That’s an insult to the Albinos. It just tells us all how lowly he thinks of Albinos. Their programme for vigil should not be altered because you are President. Malawians, we made a mistake. This… Read more »

Silica gell
3 years ago

Mutambo ukuzunza maalibino!

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
3 years ago

Musaiwalire kumutenga wopepera Mutambo ndi fake accent Chakwera popita KU Mzuzu State House.

Amos
3 years ago

Iiih, koma abale mpaka afike ku mzuzu, anthuwatu khungu lawo limavutika. Tabwerani muzawamasule anthuwa. Mesa mipope ya madzi mwasegulira. Ntchito za mkulu mu department of water and sanitation akupanga ndi president. Malawi never ceases to amaze.

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
3 years ago

Given 24 hours lol and he responses! where are the suckers who were commenting who are Kondowe etc! Doubters and cadets! CSO do a great deal of putting checks and balances.

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