Police to investigate linkage of albino killings to Malawi election: Govt to roll out  action plan

Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General, Rodney Jose, says the law enforcers will investigate reports that attacks on people with albinism are always on the increase when elections are due.

PS for Information Esmie Kainja and Minister Mussa address a news conference assuring government will roll out the National Action Plan

Jose said this in Lilongwe when he opened a training for senior police officers on how to deal with political violence and has been funded by the United Nations.

“We will have to investigate to find out if it is true that there is connection between the attacks and the elections. We need to back our findings with facts,” said Jose.

Jose has come under fire from some section of Malawians who feel the police are not doing enough to protect people with albinism following the abduction of a 14-year-old in Dedza on Wednesday, the third since January this year.

The UN has released a report which says a study in some countries in Africa show that the attacks on people with albinism increase during elections.

The report says this is so because some politicians think the use of charms mixed with bones of people with albinism boosts their chanced of winning an election.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa disloced that government  has directed the Malawi Defence Force (MDF)  to team up with Police to  deal with albino hunters.

Mussa pleaded to all Malawians, well wishers and all those people who love Malawi to raise the alarm to end the killings, saying that would be a way of complementing government efforts.

He said one of such ways is government’s decision to initiate a program to build houses for those with albinism to protect them.

“Government of Malawi is still committed to people with albinism through the construction of houses and currently, we have constructed two solid houses in Chitakale, but we are planning to construct more in all parts of the country for people with albinism,” he assured.

Human rights defender Gift Trapence accuses the government  that it has not shown any tangible action towards protecting persons with albinism apart from podium promises.

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) wants President Peter Mutharika to declare Malawi a dangerous place for persons with albinism and facilitate their asylum in other countries.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

0 0 vote
Article Rating
11 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Morgan
1 year ago

A Jose ngosiyani zimenezo. Nthawi yatha kale azapanga anzanu inu mukuyankha za chasowa. Munali kuti ? Where were your soldiers you henere ? Akumenya anthu poti avala kamofolegi. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. Chakwera chakwera kale mungoti pheee. Nanga saulosi alipobe ngati!?

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
1 year ago

Mutharika is a very weak leader and has an incompetent government composed of ministers who are not clever or smart. They have no clue. This is the reason why Malawi is still lagging behind in social development of its infrastructure and schools and hospitals and roads in cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe suburbs are very very bad. Have you been to Blantyre Wenela bus depot or Lilongwe Market. Raw sewage runs through the market. Wenela bus depot has no tarmac. Locations like Soche and Nkololokosa and Nyambadwe have dirt roads. Really roads are very bad in Areas 25 . Its… Read more »

Nasibeko
Nasibeko
1 year ago

Just fast track MP Bon Kalindo’s trial so that he should reveal what he knows about the network as he said he knows who is behind this after he spends time in police cell. The politicians, the clergy & human rights organisations, investigative journalists, the judiciary & the police you have an opportunity to start from but if you don’t mobilise to fast track his trial some sectors might suspect you to be within the so called network.

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

As a result of Chakwera’s outburst. DPP Zombies, including APM himself, keep accusing Chakwera of criticising but offering no solutions. Well, he gave a press conference at which he outlined his vision. Result? IG Jessie has engaged top gear. Hopefully he will do the same about Chasowa and Njauju.

Concerned citizen
1 year ago

Why does this crime increase near the time of elections?

Is this the reason why no one in positions of authority takes action?

This is not acceptable.

If you are failing, just admit it to the nation.

Ras Chikomeni
Ras Chikomeni
1 year ago

Playing the reactive game is actually harming the DPP even further. Seems Chakwera is already a President as his press conference has already put the Minister and IG to work.

idiots
idiots
1 year ago

This issue started in Tanzania and with wise leadership of Magufuli the issue is no more. He banned all witch doctors. I fail to understand why Malawi is failing

Mr what what
Mr what what
1 year ago

Two houses seriously? For 2 families ndi zimene mukufuna tikutamandireni nazo?
But when building your mansion it take only 2 days.
Shame on you, your more than wicked

ZINGALUME
ZINGALUME
1 year ago

The press conference was yesterday, by my boss today mukuti tawauza apolisi ndi army kuti agwire ntchito, nthawi yonseyi munali kuti, tikamati mumagona pa ntchito yanu bwana mumati ew are power hungry, nkhani iyi ndiya mwezi umodzi anthu onse atha kugwidwa, koma muli pwiiiiii come may CHAKWERA bomaaaaaa

chimanga
1 year ago

Where was the IG all this time? sleeping on his job or busy hiding the Chasowa evidence where he was implicated?

shares
Read previous post:
Soldiers torture civilian for wearing camouflage clothes: Malawians ask govt to intervene

Malawians on social media have asked government through to  ensure  soldiers at Cobbe Barracks in Zomba who assaulted , abused...

Close