Persons with albinism takes a swipe at Malawi govt over ‘hypocrisy’

Association for Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has taken a swipe at the government for playing “double standards” when President Peter Mutharika declared a state of disaster on coronavirus before any case yet his administration refused  to declare Malawi a dangerous place for persons with albinism  when dozens of deaths were recorded.

Simbota: Has accused the government of ‘hypocrisy’

The association has also faulted  government for  its failure to construct 100 houses for people with albinism to enhance their protection.

Apam president Ian Simbota said the construction of the houses was supposed to be completed by June this year.

The government budgeted for K600 million for the houses.

“We are now concerned that the failure by the government to construct the houses would now enhance attacks on the people with albinism. We are supposed to live in fortified houses to prevent these attacks,” he said.

He said it was disappointing that people with albinism will now continue to live in fear.

But the ministry of lands assistant spokesperson Thom Ali said the construct of the houses would start soon.

“We have already visited the sites and made the assessments. The procurement of the construction materials is to start very soon,’ he said.

Simbota, further, said he was stunned that the President declared a State of Disaster for Covid-19 at a time there was no patient and death and refused to declare the same in 2019  despite all the attacks and killings of persons with albinism occurred in the country.

“I would like exopress to my big disappointment with the DPP government for their double standards looking how they are  responding to an equally important matter that needs  protection to its citizens like coronavirus but failed to do so in 2019 when 26 people with albinism were brutally murdered  and 13 bodies are still missing,” said Simbota.

“We expected the DPP government  to respond positively on issues of people with albinism  in the same measures they are doing with coronavirus.

“This to us sounds hypocrisy of the highest order,” Simbota lamented.

Since November 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to more 150 cases, including at least 27 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 dismissed such beliefs, stating that PWAs are no different from any other person apart from the skin, hair and eye colour.

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Kaka
7 months ago

Musatiyankhulitse pambali mwamva. Corona-virus is a global PANDEMIC. It has killed THOUSANDS of people. In Malawi, albino killing is a political issue perpetuated by the opposition’s quest to discredit the DPP government. The problem is the Albino association and lobby is hostile – it has allowed itself to be used by the opposition in attacking government, instead of working WITH government.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
7 months ago

Ma albino amakuphani ndi azibale anu. Auzeni azibale anu should be taking care of you. Shupiti

Nabetha
Nabetha
7 months ago

Such is the strange world we live in my bro, the God of Mammon is behind their works. He controls their thought patterns as well as their counsel…😥😥

Stear
Stear
7 months ago

A Ian palibe chomveka chomwe anganene ndi chifukwa anangowachotsa ntchito ku MBCchifukwa amafuna kugwiritsa ntchito ulumali wawo ngati chida chopezera zofuna.The issue of coronavirus is global, how can he criticize the presidents decision to the pandemic in comparison with the death of few albinos omwenso amangogulitsidwa ndi abale awo. Izitu zafika pa u pandemic za albino zinayamba zafika pamenepa? Asatibowe ife amzake tili busy ndi kolonayu.

FiFA
FiFA
7 months ago

Albino killing has been done by MCP and UTM to show that DPP is failing. It is not a national disaster.

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
7 months ago

Oho President apange declare state of Disaster because of people of Albinism being killed? How many people without Albinism are being killed within a year? Penapake taziganizani Abale anga a Malawi, osamangugwiritsidwa ntchito mopusa chonchi? If this was happening in his first year of his Presidency palibe anakalankhula kanthu koma popeza tikufuna kuvota ayi ndikukumvani “ANGER, DISEASE, ENVY”

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
7 months ago
Reply to  Bwana Wa Ulesi

Mukugwiritsidwa ntchito ndi inuyo akulu! You are not thinking properly. You can’t think beyond blue. That’s why you can’t see the sense in what this good fella is saying.

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
7 months ago
Reply to  Amuna Kudambo

What he’s saying is TRASH U can’t relate zinthu zomwe zinachitika which affected less than 200 families ndikusiya ndithu zomwe zikuchitika zomwe zapanga affect World Wide. Per said most of those Albino cases were an inside house job….. So it’s better for u to sit back and enjoy coffee.

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
7 months ago

Zonse zimene Boma lachita, and you can stand tall on this garbage. Maganizo a anythu aku…… osafuna kuyamika koma kufuna funa zolakwika basi

Malemia
Malemia
7 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Banda

Kuyamika chani? Bakha iwe eti?

Lora
Lora
7 months ago
Reply to  Malemia

Our country is full of people with ‘mamina’ in their heads. Corona-virus is VERY infectious and the disease it causes, Covid-19 has been declared a global pandemic by WHO. Musatiyankhulitse pambali, but albino killing has been done by opposition MCP and UTM in order to discredit the DPP government. Why would that require ‘State of Disaster?’

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
7 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Banda

Indedi kuyamika chiyani bakha iwe. Enquiry report mpaka pano sinatuluke chifukwa choti DPP politicians were implicated!

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
7 months ago
Reply to  Amuna Kudambo

Ikatuluka ukufuna uzitani nayo? Idyesa family yako?

Na bi soo
Na bi soo
7 months ago

That’s the dpp government for you, they are failures in every department…….!

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