Chakwera on attack so persons with albinism


LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The leading opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera  on Thursday assured  the nation of ending attacks on people with albinism within a month if voted into power during the May 21 elections

Chakwera told the news conference in the capital Lilongwe the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has “miserably failed” to deliver on its socio-economic promises to Malawians and gave the DPP government low marks on the attacks of persons with albinism.

The MCP leader said the DPP promised security for all, but has to provide security for person with albinism and others who are attacked for political reasons.

Chakwera accused the Malawi Police Service (MPS) of failing to successfully investigate cases of abductions and killings of people with albinism.

“I will work with the Police, the Army, the Civil Society Organizations, National Intelligence Services, as well as the all Malawians to completely deal with the issues of albinism,” said Chakwera.

The MCP leader said he is deeply concerned by the rate at which attacks on persons with albinism continue to happen in the country and urged the President to fund the National Action Plan against killings and abduction of people with albinism.

He said the plan only needs MK3 billion but he was surprised that up to now the plan has not been funded when persons with albinism continue being killed and attacked, accusing authorities of choosing to do business as usual, with little or no urgency in their protection and response.

But Chakwera’s sentiments has attracted mixed reaction as to why Malawians should wait three months to elections to end the vice instead of handling it now.