President Mutharika talks tough on albino killings

Written by  Litness Chaima

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has sent out a stern warning to people who are involved in the killings and abductions of people with albinism.

President Mutharika speaks tough on Albino Killings President Mutharika speaks tough on Albino Killings

Speaking on whistle stop tours that he held in Blantyre, President Mutharika said people with albinism are like every other citizen in the country and have to be respected and protected by the State.

The Malawi leader said his government will continue to put measures in safeguarding their lives and providing security and a conducive environment for their existence.

"It is saddening to see that people believe in superstitions and believe bones of people with albinism can make them rich. Let me warn every one that if found involved in any kind of killings or abductions of people with albinism, you will rot in jail and I am very serious about that. Our police and security personnel will not rest until we put all those involved behind bars," explained Mutharika.

The President then went on further to say that his government has already made arrests of people that were involved in the killing of a man with albinism, Yasin Phiri, in Nkhata Bay a few weeks ago.

"We are making swift responses and arresting these people because we want people with albinism in the country to be protected. No one has to live in fear in their own country, " he said.

Speaking earlier in Chilobwe and Bangwe, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi assured people that gathered at these places that his ministry and its officials are already on the ground working tirelessly in providing security for the citizenry.

"Let me then appeal to everyone to report any suspicious behavior of people around the communities. Some of the people may deliberately sell out their friends and relatives with albinism. Therefore it remains the humble duty of everyone to be a brother's keeper, " said Dausi.

A few days ago, the country woke up to a shock when it was reported that a one and a half year old albinism baby girl was stolen from her house in Karonga and the mother was later arrested for allegedly conniving with her abductors.

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