Apam calls for stiff punishment to person with albinism murderers

The Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM) president Ian Simbota has asked for stiff punishment for two convicts in the murder of Yasin Kwenda Phiri, a person with albinism in Nkhata Bay district.

The two, Frank Khonje and Bonzo Chirwa were convicted by the High Court sitting in Nkhata Bay for the gruesome killing of Kwenda in 2018.

“Finally we can see the light at the end of the tunnel we are excited that the issue is coming to an end,” he said.

Simbota, however, registered a concern over delay by court to conclude matters relating to killings, abductions and exhumation of remains of persons with albinism in the country.

“It is disappointing that cases are taking too long we have so many cases in the courts that are still stark in the courts and this case has taken over three years while the family and Malawians have been waiting for justice,” said Simbota.

He said this is fueling the tendency of the killings, abductions and exhumation in the country.

“The sad part is the longer it takes the more it gives chance to these killers to find a way of killing witnesses in police custody and prisons good example is Buleya Lule.

“The sentencing is very important because it works as a deterring measure to would be offenders,” Simbota said.

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