In an effort to ease cases of abductions and killings of persons with albinism, police have requested people from Chigodi Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chakhumbira in Ntcheu District to provide land for the construction of a police unit.
Commissioner of Police for Central Region Evalista Chisale said this on Thursday during a sensitisation meeting on the abductions and killings of people with albinism at Chigodi Primary School in the district.
She said lack of structures to cater for police officers in the area promotes criminal activities that lead to unsafe environment for people with albinism.
“When the community members provide us a place to construct a police unit and staff houses, it will be easy for us to send them police officers to deliver services to them,” said Chisale.
In a separate interview, Association of Persons with Albinism chairperson in Ntcheu, Precious Kapenuka, said the area is insecure, especially for persons with albinism because of the lack of security personnel.
“In Ntcheu District, we have 185 persons with albinism, with 14 people in Chigodi area alone. We walk long distances to our nearest police stations such as Ntcheu and Golomoti to report cases that affect us,” he said.
On May 20 2016, in the same village, Fletcher Masina, 46, a person with albinism, was killed and it is, therefore, envisaged that the police unit would boost security in the area.
T/A Chakhumbira said through community policing programnmes in their areas, they are able to identify safety and security problems and come up with solutions.