Mutharika offers K5 million ‘albino bounty’: Malawi buys personal security alarms from Britain

President Peter Mutharika has pledged that his government will pay a K5 million reward for any report leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone hatching plans to abduct, maiming and kill Persons with albinism (PWAs).

Mutharika seeks to end attacks on persons with albinism
Persons with albinism attending a meeting with President Mutharika
Persons with albinism at Kamuzu Palace

The Malawi leader disclosed this  on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when  he met a group of people with albinism calling itself Poor and Concerned People with Albinism (Pacpwa) –  split with a splinter group  of the Association of Persons Living with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) which declined to meet the President, choosing a vigil outside Kamuzu Palace from March 6 to 8 this year instead.

Mutharika also disclosed during the meeting that government has procured 3 000 personal security alarms from Britain to be distributed to persons with albinism.

Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to more 150 cases, including at least 23 murders and seven attempted murders, according to public records.

There is a myth that PWAs are targeted for their body parts for rituals some people believe bring magical powers, including those that can make one rich.

But the Society of Medical Doctors has dismissed such beliefs, stating that PWAs are no different from any other person apart from the skin, hair and eye colour.

Reads a flyer from the doctors condemning the attacks: “Albinism is an inherited condition characterised by lack of ability to produce a pigment that affects vision, hair and skin known as melanin. People with more melanin are darker than those with less melanin.”

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Nyadaufe
2 years ago

Is this personal money or government money? If it is government’s money who has authorized it?

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

Mr President, why are you a Professor of Law allowing your cadets to break the law and drive vehicles with Illegal “Ana a Adadi ” number plates? Why has Dausi and Mchacha instructed the police not to touch these vehicles? What is being ferried in these vehicles? Why are you allowing such lawlessness Sir? Are you surprised that people are saying these cars are used to carry Albino parts? If its not true, then you have brought this bad accusations on yourself bay failing to uphold the Law and constitution which you swore to obey. Its not only disgraceful, but… Read more »

jogoda
jogoda
2 years ago

mvula ikagwa zolila kuchuluka. but let us not politicize this issue. it seems other pple are happy kuti wina aoneke kulephela. tiyeni on this issue be serious on how to end this issue collectively. a ndale i know them they will be boxing instread of ending this issue like momwe tichitilila pamuzi pakachitika malaro or matenda. shame on us all tili busy kupanga ndale pa vuto la anzathu.

mada k
mada k
2 years ago

ine i thought anthu ophunzira sakhulupirira ufiti!!!! DPP proffessors and doctors are proving me otherwise. NKHANI YOKUPHA MA ALUBINO BOMA LIKUDZIWAPO KANTHU

mada k
mada k
2 years ago

do we really need a commission of enquiry pa izizi? kodi mesa munthu anaulula apolice amupha? poyambira palipo, munthu watchulidwayo bwanji osamumanga? DPP musamatipusitse mwamva!!!!!!!!!

Hora
Hora
2 years ago

A president,mumangisa anthu osalakwa,kunjaku kuli ludzu la ndalama ndiye mwati olandira akhala amene aulule za ma plan to abduct ? Print it clearly and school the prospective bounty hunter properly.

Frank mbuwa
2 years ago

they shld not implement that business of 5m but instead life should pay life not money

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
2 years ago

Ma albino alipo 3thousand pa Malawi pano? Plastic surgery. Ponyani apolisi mmakukamu. In all villages. Ndalamayo ikwanira ma allowance

kalulu wadwala
kalulu wadwala
2 years ago

5 must ikutuluka lero. Ma albino afa angati.? The sad thing about Malawi is the country is full of uneducated people who vote blindly.

Yaphama
Yaphama
2 years ago

Mr Maliseche we want to know y dpp police service killed Buleya and don’t u mention abt those who are involved? The nation knws u r big fish u knw the beta than we do why Buleya was killed.

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