A renowned human rights activist has cautioned legislators against pressing President Peter Mutharika to send killers of people with albinism to the gallows, saying this is not the lasting solution to the problem.
Timothy Mtambo, executive director of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) remarks follow Mulanje South MP Bon Kalindo who emotionally asked that the killers of people with albinism be sentenced to death and that they should indeed be executed.
“This cannot be a solution to the problem. The most important thing is to break the syndicate, find the markets, arrest the buyers,” he said.
Mtambo said there was need for the state to increase the protection of each and every person with albinism.
Former president Kamuzu Banda was the only head of state who applied the death penalty.
Boniface Massa, chairman of Association of People with Albinism said there is no need to create new laws to deal with the abductions of people with albinism.
“This is not the time to create new laws. The existing laws can be applied to punish the perpetrators of the crime.”
The country was shocked to learn the killing of 38 year old Fletcher Masina last week when he was hacked to death and had all his hands and legs chopped off.
He was the 18th person with albinism to be killed in two years.