Welcome to hell: Chakwera right when he says Malawi President and his govt have failed pesons with albinism

Goodson Makanjira has become another cause for temporal anger. Soon, the 14-year-old will become nothing but another statistic: the recent albino child to be abducted.

Snatched from the belly of his parents at an ungodly hour by people unknown, his disapperance met at the brutal hands of merciless deprived souls who chop off human bones as if it were some piece of wood; dig graveyards as if they are digging cassava, and dismember human body parts as if it were sausage, have had their evil day again.

And, it will be safe to say, Goodson, is not the last person of albinism—genetic condition that leads to little pigment in their skin, hair and eyes—hence make our brothers and sisters look different—to be abducted.

Our brothers have turned into prey. Their humanity reduced to a price. Hunted anywhere, everywhere, anytime, all times. Babies strapped to their mothers’ backs, men tending to their maize fields, dead bodies enjoying their final rest, the phantom attackers have made no distinction.

And, we have let them be. We, have allowed the people who do this go scot-free—for bringing so much misery. So yes, since 2014 in this country 23 persons with albinism have been killed. That’s an average of six killings a year.

So, no wonder we are becoming immune to the shock. No wonder the anger is becoming increasingly temporal. And no wonder, the attackers are becoming more daring—knowing, we, the people, have made peace with the fact that they would always linger around. And do their evil.

This is the new normal. And this is the established routine. First, an abduction is reported, so we all rush to express outrage, then a mutilated body is found, and we up the volume of rage, the civil society and opposition amplifying it all and finally our government is forced to make some gesture, be it cosmetic or real, to face up to the attacks.

But what we do, seems not to be enough, so it happens again and again. And we all seem to be accepting that as our fate.

And the question is not why these killings are happening but who is behind it all and how we can get it arrested.

On the first front, we know why the killings are fuelled by deep beliefs in superstitions. So, some perverse greedy, deplorable souls believe they can rise the society ladder through charms.

Some poor deprived fellas think they can escape their poverty by selling the albino bones to these guys who believe some witch doctors, using these bones, can make them either instantly rich or successful in some pursuit such as politics. Whacky thinking, but in a country where desperate poverty levels live side by side with this superstition, it’s an explosive cocktail that is proving to be fatal.

And it might be a long standing problem that is only being reported more today thanks to improved communication infrastructure. Think about it, we all grew up hearing that whacky fallacy that albinos don’t die, but just disappear. They might have been suffering this wicked fate all along.

So, we might do ourselves a bit more justice by starting challenging these beliefs and decimating these markets. To do that, we must put to jail both the hunters and those who send them to do the hunting—the witchdoctors, the middlepersons, the charm seekers, and every accomplice out there.

To do so, we need sound leadership that is proactive, and not reactive. It says much of the current administration’s efforts and the commander-in-chief of our uniformed service officers that the killings appear to continue unabated. And heads have not rolled, too.

By whatever logic you use, we all have, indeed, a role to end this debacle. But there is one entity that constitutionally and otherwise, has an obligation to protect all Malawians regardless of the colour of their skin, their religious creed or anything that make us difference. That’s our elected government.

And there is one person who swore to defend this constitutional status quo, and that’s our President. So yes, Lazarus Chakwera might be playing cheap politics by suggesting that he has a plan to end the attacks, which he’ll implement once he is elected President, but let this country know this: he is right when he says the President, and this government, have failed our brothers and sisters with albinism

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CitizenX
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CitizenX

Here is one quick solution, advance technology, govt should plant tracking chips in all the albinos, and have a quick response army team with a helicopter on stand by. Even today govt can get those chips and this can ensure protection of our brothers and sisters.

Kelz 2525
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muzitinso aalowesa 666 .. inuyo kodi

Heavenly Being
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Heavenly Being

High 5 Chakwera !!!

M'Malawi
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M'Malawi

I doubt If Chakwera really has the solution to this problem because him being a God fearing man he can’t wait for him to be elected sa the State president then bring the solution.Otherwise I cant trust him and he just want to fool us. People are being killed now and he says he will provide the solution to this act once elected, what is that? We need the solution now not tomorrow so help the president. Chakwera ndi ma mp ake akufuna kuti agwiritse ntchito kaye ziwalozo, ndikuwina kenako adzasiya kupha anzathuwa. So Malawians watch out,muzaombera mfiti mmanja.

Heavenly Being
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Heavenly Being

Boma lathu tayesetsa kulithandiza ndimaganizo mwamtundu ulionseo, koma ngati suli kufupi ndi ulamuliro wawowo, sizimanunkha kanthu, so as a leader on the helm, you have the power to bring in sanity, where so ever deemed necessary…Viva Chakwera…So many votes come May the 21st…HIGH FIVE !

Central
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Central

Out of so many solutions that Chakwera has been giving dpp government to implement to solve the problems this country is facing how many has this government tried since 2014? These thugs have nothing to tell us…………………… ! Let them implement the national plan that parliament approved and allocated over K3 bilion kwacha. Ukuchita iweku [the so called m’malawi] nde kuombela mfiti m’manjako! If one of the albinos we’ve lost was your close relation you would have appreciated how stinking this so called dpp government is!! Abale bomatu panopo lili m’manja mwanu, ndipo amene angalamule apolice to be serious and… Read more »

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

My Chakwera you have my vote on this one

Chipiliro Kachingwe
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Chipiliro Kachingwe

Let us look up to the sky Jesus is coming soon

chimanga
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A president akudyera zomwezo. There is nothing he can do

kachepakamwana
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kachepakamwana

let us put things in perspective. Has the president failed people with albinism? I would say yes, the buck stops with HE so any success or failure can rightly be placed at his doorstep as the leader of this country. On to the other matter: is there anything the president would have or can do to stop the killings? Now the answer to this is not straightforward and here is why. All criticisms are loaded with blame and frustration, as they should be, but i am yet to see implementable or practical solutions. In as far as solutions come, the… Read more »

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Don’t we have confessed satanists in our midst? Probably there is need to pursue this line. I am sure it may yield dividends.

Musa
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Musa

The statements being made by Chakwera are very frightening and not fit to be said by someone who is supposed to be a religious leader. He cannot say he has a plan under his sleeves and let our fellow humans perish until he comes into power. That’s unheard of for a supposed “man of God”. What happens if he fails to win, will he let the current trend continue. With this in mind, it may be true that Chakwera and his party may be behind these atrocities in order to tarnish the image of the ruling party. Chakwera, if you… Read more »

Arnold
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Arnold

That’s stupid comment Mr Musa.. The current president he is got the powers to end all this but he is failing, that gives us a clear picture that he is benefiting from these on going abductions and killings of people with albinism… How many times Mr chakwera been speaking against this and no action is being taken… This Peter must do something about and bring to book those behind the tragedy if he is prove himself innocent.

Mbutuma
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Mbutuma

Pepani sikuti ndipezenazo mavuto ai ndimaganizo chabe.Tonse talephera kuthetsa nchitidwewu mwina ochita izi amadziwidwa mmene tikukhalamu koma mwina mantha timakanika kunena.Wina anati umboni utapezeka munthuyo adzikakamidzidwa awulure msika wake ngat akane aotchedwe basi.Mudzaona wina akadzagwidwa osati omuganizila chabe so kuti wavomeradi mkumukoledzera moto mkumuwuza n gati sanena komwe amapta nawo anthu a chialubino amutentha.Mudzaona adzaulura.Komano tidzaenera kukakamiza malamulo anthu achivomeleze I chi basi

Kochinonda
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Kochinonda

Chakwera will stop this bull shit. He has resolve. He is decided and we believe him. So we say to our brothers with albinism that help is on your way in the next 3 months Chakwera is giving you back your right to life and your dignity and you can dream again you can go about freely in your country chakwera is your friend he is ending this nonsense in no time. My plea is please inflict a heavy blow to evil dpp at the ballot on the 21st May. Let all Malawians show anger at the ballot

Poverty die die
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Dr chakwera is right. This peter of today was not born to be a leader odds a country but a leader in a class, so that he can write children who makes noise. Check Tanzania the government did implement measures to curbvthis burbaric act, by building a place where people with albinoism stays in a protected place. But this mwapuya I don’t know what to describe.