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APAM for quick prosecution of cases in which persons with albinism are attacked

Written by  Linda Likomwa

Chiradzulu, July 16, 2017: President of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), Overstone Kondowe, has asked the Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs to quickly conclude 121 cases in which persons with albinism were attacked resulting in 21 deaths.

Kondowe made the remarks in Chiradzulu district which hosts 87 persons with albinism as the district commemorated the Day of Persons with Albinism under the theme “Advancing with renewed Hope” at Chiradzulu Secondary School Ground.

“Most of these cases have not been concluded and this is creating a sense of insecurity among persons with albinism. We are not aware of the people behind these killings. A commission of inquiry should be instituted on the matter as is done with other cases,” said Kondowe.

Commissioner of Police for the South, Demster Chigwenembe, assured Apam during the commemoration that though murder cases take long to be investigated by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, all those found guilty of these crimes will face justice.

Chigwenembe further informed the commemoration that the district has not recorded a case where a person with albinism has been attacked this year. He further said the district has only recorded one case in which a person with albinism was attacked since attacks on persons with albinism begun in the country.

The United Nations (UN) set 14 June in 2014 to be the International Day of Persons with Albinism each year and in Malawi, the commemorations started in 2015 in Mulanje followed by Kasungu and Ntcheu in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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