Government to conclude 169 albinism court cases

By Daniel Namwini-Mana

Government is working together with Ministry of Justice and enforcement agencies in conclusion of 169 albinism cases in different courts across the country.

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati Tuesday disclosed the development in Lilongwe during a Media briefing on condemning the attack of Saidi Futon Dayton, 26, with albinism from Kadewere Village in Mangochi.

“Ministry will conclude all albinism cases as soon as possible including those that are affecting high profile people in the country. We also requesting the Judiciary to move with speed in concluding these cases,” she said.

Kaliati encouraged community members in the country to report such cases to their relevant authorities such as police, traditional leaders, community policing and among others so that they can assist the government in fighting against these malpractices.

She reminded the public to ensure that persons with albinism are protected from any abuse, attacks and killings so that they could be able to exercise and enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country.

In a statement signed by Executive Secretary for Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Habiba Osman made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) condemned the resurgence of these barbaric attacks against persons with albinism in Mangochi.

“The Commission received confirmation that on January 27, 2021, Saidi Futon Dayton (deceased) was brutally murdered for rituals and his remains were put in a bag for a potential buyer in Zomba.

“This is an indication that these killings are continuing and may in fact be going unreported. The commission expresses its heartfelt condolences to the Dayton family for the loss of their beloved member of family,” she said

Osman commended the Malawi Police Services for their quick response to the matter where three suspects have since been arrested.

She reminded the public to desist from engaging in harmful and criminal practices that include acts of violence on persons.

“All persons with a disability or albinism have the right to enjoy their human rights like all other Malawians. Dayton, was entitled to enjoy all his human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to personal liberty and security and the right to life.

“The Commission requested and demanded that Government Act swiftly in addressing this matter though the country‚Äôs focus is on fighting against Covid-19 pandemic,” the Executive Secretary highlighted.

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