By Tikondane Vega

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has warned people in the country to stop  politicizing the killings of people with albinism saying collective efforts are needed to curb the situation.

Mutharika said this in Bangwe on Sunday during a whistle stop tour he conducted in Blantyre.

The tour started from Nancholi to Zingwawa, Chilobwe, Manje, Limbe and  Bangwe.

The President said the issue of albino killings  in the country is not something that some quarters should use to advance their interest.

“The fight against albino killings requires joint efforts from churches, chiefs, enforcement agencies among others and it is not a one man show. As government we are equally concerned with the issue.

“The matter is very sensitive and at all cost people should avoid politicizing it. Let me assure all people in the country that my government will continue to offer protection to people with albinism,” said Mutharika.

Earlier, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi echoed similar sentiments about albinism saying investigations are showing that relatives are connected to the killings of albinos in the country.

Dausi said the current government will leave no stone unturned but to arrest all suspects connected with albino killings adding justice will prevail sooner or later.

He said,” the way albino killings are happening in this country is questionable because it seems many relatives are having a hand in one way or the other. My appeal to many stakeholders including other politicians is that please let us avoid politicizing the story of albinism.

“Government is doing all it can to protect these people and let me say that like any case of albino killing, Nkhatabay and Karonga incidences are also being treated seriously and all perpetrators will be brought to book.

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