Action plan only tool to save people with albinism – Mvula

A social commentator has expressed doubt over the effectiveness of the parliamentary probe into the ongoing brutal killings of people with albinism, including the conduct of the police.

The joint parliamentary committee which is comprised of Legal Affairs, Community and Social Welfare and Defense and Security committees will commence the investigation on March 26, 2019.

The probe which is expected to be conducted over five days is scheduled to conduct research, questioning and field visits.

But commenting on the decision, Humphreys Mvula, said authorities should rather push for the implementation the 2018 National Action Plan for persons with albinism.

Mvula said: “It can’t help because there is already an action plan which was set to address this issue but authorities are failing to implement the initiative therefore setting other bodies to enquire on the matter is just a waste of resources.”

The joint enquiry committee is expected to submit its final report to parliament which convenes on March 5, 2019.

Mvula has also backed the decision by the Association of People with Albinism (APAM) to hold three day vigil, from March 6 to 8 at Kamuzu palace in Lilongwe where they are expected to present a petition to the state president on their grievances.

Since September 2014, the number of reported crimes against people with albinism in Malawi has risen to 152 cases, including 25 murders and more than 10 people missing.

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