Apam to push for sanctions against Mutharika

By Precious Hemah

The Association of Persons with Albinism (Apam) says it will push for sanctions against President Peter Mutharika if he delays further to release the results of an inquiry into killings of persons with albinism.

Earlier this week APAM gave government until 30th March to release the report by the Commission of Inquiry which president Mutharika instituted last year.

APAM’s president Ian Simbota has accused government of keeping the report under wraps.

“It doesn’t make sense to have a government that doesn’t listen-a government that promises but it never fulfils,” he said.

Simbota said the association is ready to report Mutharika to international organisations and nations for sanctions for failing his duty to protect persons with albinism.

“We are even ready for a civil action against the president,” he added.

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalirani said the report is yet to be finalized by the Commission of Inquiry.

“The commission was lacking some funds to travel to other countries to have information on how those countries handled the issue of killings of persons with albinism.”

Kalirani said following the request for extra funding by the commission, Mutharika instructed the Treasury to provide the funds but the commission has not come back with feedback.

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