Persons with albinism stage demo, march to Malawi presidential palace

Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam)  on Wednesday defiantly marched to Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe  despite being denied permission to protest  and stage vigils at State House,  as they demanded President Peter Mutharika to immediately respond to their calls.

Association of People with Albinism in Malawi hold protests in Lilongwe

Lilongwe City Council had warned members of the association  on Monday aagainst holding vigils at the palace citing Section 103 of the Police Act which restricts demonstrations or assembly within State residences.

However, on Wednesday Apam members with help by  some civil society organisations (CSOs) led by  Human Rights Defenders Coalition chairperson Timothy Mtambo,  started the protest march from Lilongwe Community Centre Ground to an area 100 metres far from the State House where they are expected to hold vigils.

Mutharika is not available at the palace in Lilongwe as he has travelled to Mzuzu in the Northern Region to undertake a number of engagements, including commissioning of the Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project.

President Mutharika last week met about 50 persons with albinism mostly drawn from the Southern Region under the banner of Poor and Concerned People with Albinism (Pacpwa) – a breakaway grop of Apam.

The President responded to demands of PWAs and directed Treasury to immediately start disbursing the K3.1 billion budgeted for the 2018-2022 National Action Plan on the Killings and Abduction of PWAs in the country.

Malawi is experiencing a resurgence of attacks against persons with albinism, with two fatalities and three abductions since December 31 2018. Two of those who were abducted were later rescued by community members, one remains missing.

Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to 152 cases, including 25 murders and more than 10 people missing, according to Apam.

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Anonymous

I think opposition is behind the killing of albino for them to gain support , I think UTM and MCP is behind this killing , why are they rejoicing when albino are demonstrating instead of advising them in the first place to have dialogue with the president of which they refuse now what do they want honestly something is fishing here, Timothy mtambo is agent of opposition what he is doing he get paid for it

che nnungu
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Iwe usanamize anthu. There is evidence kuti akuluakulu ali mmbomamu akudziwapo kanthu

Mtima uwawa
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Mtima uwawa

Some people are happy with the killing of albino in this country but for me am sad with how people are commenting their rotten massages please, don’t you think the president has not handle this matter well only God will deal with him.

Daniel KUMWENDA
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Daniel KUMWENDA

Let us think deeply and wisely….

Truth Pains
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Those who are commenting against Apam Vigil ndi Ana Adad the likes of Buleya who abduct thesee people with Albinism, so no wonder. I think you must have your on child then he/she must be abducted so that u must feel the same pain others are feeling right now. Why your president is reluctant to disband the Mk3billion proposed for the betterment of people with Albinism?? Was he waiting for Chakwera to remind him??????? Things which was already discussed and agreed in parliament. Think twice b4 u make your irrelevant comment here. Stupid u all Albino killers, mzafa ifa yowawa… Read more »

Noxy
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Mtambo will lead you to disappointments you won’t achieve anything.You lost an opportunity when the President was available for you.Wake up APAM Mtambo is using you for his gains.

Mwiri
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TAMBO AKUGWIRISA NTCHITO MA ALUBINO KAPANGA ZIOSERO KKKKKKKK WAGWANAYO,ABWANA ALI KOGWIRA NTCHITO YOMWE ANALEMBESA

Fraser Nyakamela
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Fraser Nyakamela

These are real albinos not ma cadets anakumana nawo aja. Shame on cadets, shame on DPP for forming a parallel structure. Ayendatu wina manyazi bwa??? Kumangotukana pa nyasatimes. Muli mmadzi aphwanga ma cadets nonse.

WATSON VAZIMOLO
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koma kumalawi

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

Aaaaah zitsiri izi inu. After failing to attract people in your ant government demos you have now chosen to ride on the back of albinos, fools. APAM, you have allowed to be ridden on. Let me tell you APAM anything that Mtambo participate in, fails. He is associated with politics and opposition parties hence it doesn’t have support from all people. If you want your vigil to succeed, disassociate it with Mtambo and this colleagues. Chase him away. They have repentant smell and blood.

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

You are right Heavyduty, i also remember the 2011 demos which Mtambo participated and also led, it didn’t yield anything except for the death of our brothers and sisters, may their souls rest in peace. instead Government lost a lot of money in paying out, companies and businesses that lost their properties. Mtambo is really a failure.

Daniel KUMWENDA
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Daniel KUMWENDA

No politics here this is reality

jogoda
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jogoda

very funny indeed. refusing to meet a person and also wanting to meet the same person. this is funny. while i agee that this is a problem that needs govt attention. i think this issue is loosing track as it has been taken over by cso who have failed to organise demonstratiuon that have any impact. my advice apam should trade carefully with these cso. but i feel sorry for our dear brothers and sisters u deserve more attention and as a nation indeed we are not doing enough to protect ur lives. amalawi tiyeni vutoli tigwirane manja kulithesa

NotWakanda4Ever
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NotWakanda4Ever

Mtambo does recommendable work, assists the other malawians (not you ana adadi obvious) with balance and checks with this impunity type of govt if not taken to task this country would have been zimbabwe in a day! go to zimbabwe and see before you comment shit is real!!

Geoffrey
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A criminal history of mankind by Collin Wilson. There will be sellouts. Mostly criminals.