MANGOCHI (MalawiTalk) – Government says it is forming a volunteers body to fight attacks on people with albinism.
Minister of Homeland Security Mr Richard Chimwendo Banda says the “Special Constables” will have volunteers across the country.
He says the volunteers will protect persons with albinism in their own localities.
Meanwhile, the body of Mr Saidi Daiton, a Mangochi-based person with albinism who was murdered in Mangochi has been laid to rest at Kadewere Village in the area of Senior Chief Chowe in the Lakeshore district.
In her remarks, Minister of Gender Community Development and Social Welfare, Mrs Patricia Kaliati, said government will not relent in ending cases of abductions and killings of people with albinism.
Kaliati said the Tonse Alliance led government is concerned that other unscrupulous people are still abducting and killing people with albinism.
“It is heartbreaking that people are still killing persons with albinism. Government has a plan of action which President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera is championing to ensure that people with albinism are protected,” she said.
President of the Association of People with Albinism (Apam) Mr Ian Simbota said there is need for concerted efforts to intensify security for people with albinism in the country.
“As Association of People with albinism we suggest that there is need to establish a commission of inquiry that will enhance the protection of people with albinism.
“Here at Kadewere people with albinism are staying in grass thatched houses that do not provide adequate security to persons with albinism. Murderers easily break into these houses,” said Simbota.
The bereaved family has expressed shock following the brutal killing of their relative Saidi who went missing on January 27, 2021.
According to Mr Stephano Kaduya, the deceased was a pillar in his family and his death has left a big gap that will be difficult to fill.