APAM for swift hearing of Albino cases

The Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM) says that it is optimistic that all cases that are still hanging in courts on albino killings, abductions and exhumation of their remains will be resolved soon.

APAM President, Overstone Kondowe said they are now assured that all their issues will be taken into serious consideration by government.

“Circumstances around delay for justice are complex. There have been a report from the ministry of justice that due to the strike they were not able to deliver justice,” he said.

Kondowe said the process was also affected by lack of funding to the Malawi Legal Aid Bureau and proper information flow between the National Police and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

He said over 40 cases are expected to be resolved by January 2018.

“If not then that’s the time when we will be thinking about proposing a special tribunal to prosecute all cases that are within a short period of time,” Kondowe said.

A new wave of killings and attacks against people with albinism emerged in January 2017, after a six month reprieve between June and December 2016.

Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetic condition present at birth that results in absence of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair.

Amnesty International estimates that between 7000-10000 people live with albinism in Malawi.

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