Govt, Apam differ over meeting

The Association to Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has expressed ignorance about a planned meeting between its leadership and government on Friday over concerns raised in the February 10, 2021 petition.

The concerns relate to resurfacing of ritual killings of people with albinism, delay in the construction of their houses and a call to turn the Department of Disability into a standalone ministry.

Just few days before the deadline of a 30-day ultimatum on the concerns, Presidential Advisor on Albinism and Disability, Overstone Kondowe, told YFM on Wednesday that relevant stakeholders had already been engaged on the matter ahead of the meeting on February 26, 2021.

But in a separate interview on Thursday, Apam president Ian Desmond Simbota said the organization was not aware of the said meeting.

“That’s news to me and it’s a lie because there hasn’t been any communication from government side to our organization and we don’t know anything and I think somebody must be dreaming,” said Simbota.

Apam warned to take unspecified action if government fail to meet the deadline.

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