The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has appealed for the protection of its members ahead of the fresh election in 150 days’ time following the nullification of President Peter Mutharika’s May 21 2019 victory.
Apam president Ian Simbota, who hailed the court for upholding justice, said in an interview yesterday that people with albinism (PWAs) are living in fear considering that government has failed to address the atrocities they face.
His fears come aganist a background that attacks on persons with albinism escalate towards elections.
Simbota said such attacks worsen towards elections period and in the four months that the country will be waiting for new elections, attacks may resurface.
He said: “People with albinism belong to different political groupings but our concern is our security. We will have to seek an audience with President Peter Mutharika, UTM Party president Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party [MCP] president Lazarus Chakwera, as well as the Inspector General of Police and Malawi Defence Force Commander to assure us of security in the next four months.”
Apam national coordinator Overstone Kondowe also called on all stakeholders, including political leaders to consider taking holistic measures to avoid loss of lives of people with albinism.
“The cases of ritual killings of PWAs in Africa is further complicated during electoral seasons such as what Malawi has now. This is due to some selfish people who believe in gaining power through magic.
“The right to life is fundamental to the enjoyment of political rights. Our lives need protection,” said Kondowe.
On his part, Minister of Information, and Communications Technology Mark Botomani assured Apam that government will maximise security for people with albinism. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera declined to comment on the matter.