Sate House vigil gets endorsement from Catholic Commission, NGO Network

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has joined Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in endorsing the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) march and vigils at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe from March 6 to 8 to petition President Peter Mutharika and demand a commitment to the safety of people with albinism.

Persons with albinism to hold vigil at State House

In a statement seen by Nyasa Times signed by its national coordinator Boniface Chibwana, CCJP said persons with albinism  have Malawi as their home; hence, no excuse for failure by duty-bearers to holistically deal with attacks, abductions and killings of the vulnerable group.

And the NGO Gender Coordination Network (GCN) a grouping of 54 local Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) says it is  supporting for the vigil at Kamuzu Palace in, saying it is high time action was taken.

Chairperson of NGO-GCN Barbara Banda said the umbrella body will do all these to show solidarity with all concerned Malawians in reaction to continuous killing of people with albinism in the country.

She was speaking in Blantyre on Monday  to reporters.

“The most profound response of government to the widespread attacks has been the public condemnation of the acts by government officials including the President himself. Some arrests have been made yes but our understanding is that the response has been more rhetoric than  action oriented.

“This explains why attacks on albinos continue to rise in the country. Even the remarks made by Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas  Dausi [that atrocities facing them were yet to reach levels warranting State House vigils or seeking asylum abroad] could tell lack of seriousness on the part of government,” said Banda.

During the news conference where he jointly addressed with Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa and Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose in Lilongwe last Tuesday, Dausi said: “When they say they want to seek asylum elsewhere, do they want to insult government? Seriously? If they are listening to us, will they insult government?

“These are things coming from homes where parents are selling their biological kids and they say we are facing challenges here?”

Dausi has since apologised amid pressure from Amnesty International, Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam), civil society organisations (CSOs) and opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), among others, for him to withdraw his remarks.

Reading from a prepared statement, he said: “I have decided to unconditionally apologise for the remarks and; hence, withdraw them.

“I truly regret that the meaning which I had intended at that briefing did not come out as it was. I sincerely regret. I personally want to assure all the persons with albinism that I am equally concerned.

“My ministry and I, personally, fully appreciate the pain, anguish and fear the abductions and killings of PWA have caused among Malawians.”

But Apam president Overstone Kondowe has described Dausi’s apology as cosmetic, saying he should proceed to resign because he has failed to demonstrate the right attitude for a political head of a ministry that is supposed to protect people with albinism.

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Hen Chinkhuku
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Elton Misomali….kkkkkkk….you are below the mark……i know you are a Catholic…kkkkk……gulu lopachika….umalidze wekha…..kkkkk

Fraser Nyakamela
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Fraser Nyakamela

When will the Muslim association issue a press statement? A silamu timafandaula kuti akutipondeledza but we have the habit of shutting up unnecessarily. MAM supports government on stupid things

Fredrick Sakala
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Fredrick Sakala

Only catholic church telling people about peace the whole world,but I do not know leader of muslim the whole world or even in Malawi,2019 debate and why Muslim countries they like war?

Ltp
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Ltp

Frederick sakala …did you ever heard that a sheikh has been implicated with satanic practice, who is Muhosha ? an ordinary person? .’…you the Catholics are the ones chasing trouble on earth, now because you are campaigning chilema with the money from the sale of Albino you want …mutinyasepo, and why can’t you ask yourselves that any thing Catholic is there, are you the only Christians in Malawi?? Mxiiiii mwandinyasa…..ndi Muhosha wanu munamutumayo

fishmomger
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fishmomger

Mr Tchindi namalombo,your comment isn’t good enough to include that the father was sent by the Catholic family.He dd that on his personal capacity and the church ddnt back him.Don’t you know that even the Muslims are also getting unto this bad business ??Don’t even say that again!!!

Hen Chinkhuku
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Catholic sect should start by condemning their own son…Rev Father Muhosha…dont jump into the bandwagon as white-sheep….Most Catholic priests are entangled in immoral sex {gay} episodes with youths…no need to mention…..a sickening sect.

Sir Elton Misomali
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Sir Elton Misomali

Inu a Hen Chinkhuku ndiyetu mwaganiza mozizira ngatidi nkhuku.

Central
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Central

@Sir Elton Misomali, ameneyu tingomusintha dzina kuti akhale “Chibakha” basi……………kkkkkkkk mwina nkhuku ingachiteko zochenjela komanso zanzeru…..!

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Dausi zopepesa musamuvele.he is in the team of these crooks. Bastard

Central
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Central

Chibwana chimalandaaaaaaaaaaa…………….zoziyamba dala iziiiiiiiiiii……………………………moto kuti buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Ntchindi Namalombo
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Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace have set a very good precedence to show their concern over the brutal killing of our Albino brothers and sisters. I say Big up to you! I hope you will also extend this concern to hold Vigil to the Catholic Church Headquarters since records are fresh that one of their Fathers (Muhosha) is in police custody answering charges of the same Albino killing. We are saying a Father being involved not just a mere Catholic Christian, meaning that the Church must know something of this Brutal killing. Remember, the one that was killed Mac… Read more »

Sir Elton Misomali
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Sir Elton Misomali

A Ntchindi Namalombo mwakamba mozizira bongotu. Sad!

Ltp
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Ltp

Yes yes Catholic church knows this syndicate….CCJP Audit yourselves why not taking the matter of Muhosha seriously???
This church ….