APM asked to declare albino killings ‘national crisis’

Persons with albinism in the country have asked President Peter Mutharika to declare the abductions and killings of persons with albinism a national crisis.

The demands follow an interface meeting between the leadership of the Poor and Concerned People with Albinism (PACPWA) and the Malawi leader at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday.

PACPWA Secretary General Ellen Khonje also asked government to finance and implement the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism that was developed in 2018.

“We persons with albinism believe that the government can do better than the K45 million allocated to the same,” she said.

Khonje also demanded that the independent inquest on the latest death of Lule Buleya, one of the prime suspects in the abduction of a 14 year boy with albinism Goodson Makanjira in Dedza

“It is speculated that he has gone with vital information that could have given the police help to end executions of persons with albinism in Malawi,” she said.

On his part, President Mutharika said he has instructed the Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs to engage foreign experts to conduct a commission of inquiry to establish the alleged market of body parts of persons with albinism.

Mutharika also said government has started procuring personal alarm gadgets that will be connected to police stations in order to protect persons with albinism.

He also said government will offer a reward of K5 million to anyone who provides credible information for any conspiracy to abduct or kill any person with albinism.

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