Minister condemns mob justice on albino killers

Minister of Gender, Disability and Social Welfare Dr. Jean Kalirani has asked the people of Dowa not to take the law in their hands by assaulting and killing suspected albino abductors and killers.

She made the call on Monday at Mponela Community ground after she led a three-kilometer Solidarity walk from MEDI to Mponela Community on the barbaric atrocities against people with albinism.

“As good citizens of the country, they should report to Police anyone suspected of being behind the atrocities for them to face the law in the courts of law,” she said.

Kalirani said Malawi is at war with criminals behind abductions, killings and tampering with graves of people with albinism for rituals being perpetuated with the belief that one can get rich through albino bones.

The Minister then called for concerted effort in dealing with the vice saying government alone could not adequately address the matter.

Dowa District Commissioner, Fannie Msimuko asked the people in the district to stop the primitive way of thinking that one can get rich through selling of albino bones saying God rewards people who are hardworking and not those who take away somebody’s life.

The president for Association of People with Albinism in Malawi, Overtone Kondowe, said the solidarity walk will bring awareness among people of Dowa to understand their roles on protecting people with albinism is their communities.

He said everyone in the district and the country as whole to report to Police any form of abuse against people with albinism, using the toll free line 772 provided by Airtel and TNM.

Kondowe asked the Police to intensify patrols in the rural areas to create a safe haven for people with Albinism.

Central Region Commissioner of Police, Clifford Davison Bandawe, appealed said the police will leave no stone unturned in tracking down the perpetrators.

He urged stakeholders such as chiefs, MPs, Councilors and NGOs to solidify their cooperation in bringing safety to the lives of people with albinism who are being hunted like animals for money.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA