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Stakeholders asked to raise awareness on rights of persons with albinism

Written by  Grace Kapatuka

 

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Ntcheu, November 10, Mana: Commissioner of Police, Willy Mwaluka, has asked district stakeholders in Ntcheu to take a leading role in raising awareness on the rights of persons with albinism.

Mwaluka made the call on Thursday at Chikande 2 Primary School in Ntcheu in the area of Sub TA Mkutumula in the district during an albinism awareness campaign organised by UN Women.

The Commissioner said the responsibility of protecting the rights of persons with albinism does not only rest with the police, hence the call for stakeholders to help in raising awareness.

“We have been doing our part as police and we will continue until we see that attacks on people with albinism have completely stopped.

“However, to achieve this, we need to hold hands with other stakeholders if we are to achieve this,” he said.

Mwaluka said it was however pleasing to note that attacks on persons with albinism have decreased in the recent months, a development he said has been achieved through concerted efforts by different stakeholders.

“We can say we are not yet there but progress has been made as you can see that the attacks have been reduced. I still believe we can achieve desired results if we engage an extra gear,” he said.

The District Administration Officer for Ntcheu District Council, Hastings Mlambuzi, called upon communities in the district to report any attacks, killings and violations of rights of persons with albinism to police or any leader in their communities.

“We cannot win the fight against attacks on such people if we do not engage communities. People in the communities are very crucial in this because they are the ones on the ground,” said Mlambuzi.

A representative from UN Women, Habiba Osman, said there was need to continue raising awareness on the rights of persons with albinism.
“I still feel there is more to do in raising awareness as you have seen for yourself that people in the communities still believe an albino does not have rights. We promise to do more so that everyone is aware of their rights,” she said.

UN Women has been holding awareness campaigns on the rights of people with albinism in Zomba, Mangochi, Ntcheu and Dedza.

 

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