Prof Chisi calls for Police IG’s head to roll over albino murders

Umodzi Party president, Professor John Chisi is demanding Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General (IG) Rodney Jose to resign for allegedly failing  in his role to stop abductions and killings of people with albinism.

Chisi: Umodzi Party leader accuses the police boss of failing to provide decisive leadership in addressing albino killings

Chisi said the  killings are avoidable but police are lacking a strategy and have taken a back seat in dealing with the abomination.

“This issue of albino killings is unacceptable. These are avoidable deaths. The police have failed us, as they have the National Intelligence Bureau yet are doing nothing,” Chisi said.

He asks Jose to conduct a news conference to let the nation know why they are failing to end the malpractice.

Chisi  said the failure by MPS to update the nation on the steps and progress so far made in the search for perpetrators and measures to protect person with albinism is  “clear evidence of the IG’s incompetence in handling the matter.”

He said: “This is the incompetence of the Malawi Police Service, if they are being stopped by politicians in the fight against the killings, they should come out, and say it.”

The opposition and civil society organisations (CSOs) have been accusing government of failing to deal with the vice, while President Peter Mutharika continues to hit back at such criticism, saying government is doing all it can to curb the vice, and that it is every one’s duty to fight the killings.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera said during a press briefing in Lilongwe last week said President Peter Mutharika should stop being “a coward” and deal with the atrocities once and for all. He said his administration would end the attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism if voted into government during the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

But Mutharika, speaking during the commissioning of the $50 million (about K36 billion) World Bank-funded Kamuzu Barrage and bridge on Monday in Liwonde, said by not providing the solution now, his critics have no solution.

He said: “The issue of abduction and killings of persons with albinism is complex and is disheartening.  When such reports started, I sent the Inspector General of Police to Rwanda and Tanzania to learn how our colleagues have managed to contain the problem. They came up with a National Action Plan which, among others, recommended that police units be constructed in all areas to increase security.

“It is sad that someone is saying I am a coward and that I am doing nothing to deal with the issue. Let me warn you, do not politicise this issue.”

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 Association of People with Albinism in Malawi.

 

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Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

Remember Mutharika as Minister of Education failed to resolve “Academic Freedom saga”.He is the same man he can not improve. Malawi chose a wrong President. He has chosen Chimulirenji as running mate. Bingu is turning in the grave. Mayi wawaye. He is a clueless man. Zakuchipinda kwa a Getrude basi.

Stanley Mdala
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Stanley Mdala

I agree with Professor Chisi that the police chief should be fired. I know he wouldn’t resign on his own but he must be pushed out by the opposition. Chakwera is not asking for police chief to resign as he is also weak. But opposition parties should gang up to force this politicised police chief to resign.

Mchacha the Terrorist
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Mchacha the Terrorist

Nanga unduna ngati wa home affairs kukawatsa amchacha ndi a Dausi zoona?. A Mutharika ali ndi vuto lalikuku kwambiri . He has police, NIB and the military at his disposal but still he can’t figure out what to do. This is a true definition of cluelessness and ineptness . If Jose and Thodi are failing to deliver you fire them. They are falling as simple as that. Do we really have to tell you to fire these two chaps?. Do we really have to tell you that this ana dad number plate nonsense should stop. You are wasting our time… Read more »

Achisale
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Achisale

It is unfair and unfortunate that someone somewhere knows the truth……pliz do something

Nansongole
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Nansongole

The guy is frustrated. Few months ago he was a staunch supporter of DPP and its machinations and was on MBC castigating opposition MCP. He expected to be picked as DPP running mate and was shocked that he was not near Ginnery Corner from where APM picks running mate.

Gwefa
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Gwefa

True, i think Chisi is a confused man. Yesterday he was busy parading himself on MBC-TV speaking all sorts of goodies for DPP today he is attacking DPP. Bwanji Chisi ndalama anakupatsani yatha eti?

Prophet Mboro
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A chisi this is in the hands of Government.Fund them for this purpose.Only the minister can asking for emergency funding.

Mphepo zinai
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Mphepo zinai

APolisi skudikira a Dadi kuti slamule zochita.

Paja they work on directives from the top.

Central
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Central

Chisi, the failure of IG is coming in out of the incompetence of APM coz everything the IG is doing are delegated duties! Your message was supposed to be a message from APM’s mouth to Jose! But what are we having…………………………………………….! Your guess is as good as mine…………………………… God have mercy with mother Malawi!! The only hope we have is May 21 basituuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

tman
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Zikuvutani izi

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

If Jose does not like being a failure because of someone else’s ineptude then more the reason he should resign inorder to protect his name

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