APAM says inquiry on persons with albinism attacks not credible

The Association of Persons with Albinism (APAM) has expressed distrust in the nine-member commission of inquiry on the attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism.

The commission was instituted by President Peter Mutharika to investigate the cause of the attacks which have resulted into the deaths of 24 people with albinism since 2014.

The commission which is chaired by retired judge Robert Chinangwa and has Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe, Grace Massah, Abigail Dzimadzi, Paramount Chief Kawinga, George Jobe, Hilda Soko and Lexa Chalera as members and Brenda Vokhiwa Kapenda as secretary.

A press statement released on Monday and signed by APAM president Overstone Kondowe said the commission has capacity gaps to conduct such high level investigations.

The statement said the new commission of inquiry lacks credibility and integrity.

The commission said few years back when the government was advised to involve the Malawi Police Service and the Malawi Human Rights Commission and other players to investigate the matter most of the experts were left out.

“To ensure credibility of the findings APAM, looks forward to a foreign independent investigator outside government,” the statement reads.

APAM has demanded the holding of the inquiry until all issues observed by the right holders are fully and satisfactory addressed.

The Commission of Inquiry on the Attacks, Abductions and Killings of Persons with Albinism is expected to finalize its work and submit a written report to president Mutharika on April 30, 2019.

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