The chairman of the national technical committee on abuse of persons with Albinism in Malawi Dr. Hertherwick Ntaba Monday, commend the job that the nation is doing in providing security as well as informing and educating the masses against the atrocities of people with albinism.
Speaking in Lilongwe at a news conference, Ntaba said though people are still practicing or involved in the act, the nation is playing its role to get lead of this evil by providing security to albinos and also conducting massive campaigns to dispel the rumour and that no one can get rich with parts of fellow human being.
According to Ntaba, President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has appealed that the nation must be involved in making the Malawi being the warm heart of people with albinism and people must work hard to win the battle and should not give a room for failures until this malpractice is over.
“There are a lot of challenges that people with albinism are facing and that’s making a contrary to what we take Malawi as warm heart of Africa. We cannot be a warm heart of Africa if part of population is living in fear.
“As a country we are working hard to end this malpractice, every ministry is taking part in dealing with this issue and the First Lady Dr. Getrude Mutharika accepted to be the patron of Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) and this demonstrates commitment from the President in ensuring that the war against atrocities being inflicted on persons with albinism is won at all cost,” said Ntaba.
He further proper charges should be given to warn those who want to do the same adding that the sentencing of the one from Mzuzu to life in prison is one of the charges that can make people to fear or stop the act of killing people with albinism.
“l edge other organisation to help us to deal with the issues like what Mzuzu academy has done thus offering an eleven year old boy with albinism from Mzuzu a scholarship at their institution which is quite commendable, we also expect same organisations to do the same because lf we work together as one then it will be easier for us to win this battle,” added Ntaba.
The ministry of Information, communications, Technology and Civic education has asked media houses to provide more airplay on awareness on atrocities against persons with albinism and also plans to meet cell phone providers to be sending awareness messages on albinism.