APAM arranges meeting with Malawi leader

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The Association of People with Albinism (APAM) is this week, meeting the presidential advisor on local policies, Hetherwick Ntaba over the continued killings of its members.

The Association expressed their wish to meet President Peter Mutharika to express their concerns over the crimes.

The President of APAM Overstone Kondowe has told Capital FM that they will first meet his advisor to arrange the meeting with Mutharika.

It comes after the gruesome murder of a 54-year-old man with albinism in Nkhatabay district.

On the 1st of January, 2019, the nation on the 1st of January woke up to news of Yasin Phiri’s brutal murder.

According to information from the Northern Police Spokesperson Peter Kalaya, the murderers of Yasin Phiri, cut off both his arms and went away with them.

The incident shocked the whole nation as it revived the fear that people with albinism have been living with for years now, of their safety.

This has led to APAM calling for a meeting with Mutharika, aimed at hearing his side of the story in terms of commitment to ending these atrocities.

According to Kondowe, the meeting with Ntaba, who is also chairperson of the National Technical Committee on Abuse of Persons with Albinism in Malawi, will provide them with more details on when they will be meeting President Mutharika;

APAM believes everyone is responsible for the continued malpractice, but pushes most of the blame to the president, as he is the one controlling the country.

Concurring with Kondowe, a rights activist for people with albinism Ian Desmond Simbota explains that Mutharika has a big role to play as the leader of the country.

Simbota believes time has come to equip them with necessary security equipment including guns for their protection. He believes that such gedgets can assist in keeping people with albinism safe.

Many countries in Africa such as Tanzania and Mozambique have had the problem of killings and abductions of people with albinism and they dealt with it.

This is because the government laid out tough punitive measures for people found guilty of the crime.

It is now up to the Malawi leadership to take a tougher stance against these attacks in a bid to completely deal with the problem.

 

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