Lingadzi Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody James Makina, 25, suspected of inhumanely ridiculing a 19-year-old man with albinism at Kang’oma in the district.
The arrest comes in the wake of the action week on fighting crimes against people with albinism.
Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Inspector Kingsley Dandaula identified the man with albinism as Julius Ngangula from Mpando Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpando in Ntcheu District.
“It is alleged that when the suspect saw Ngangula, he said ‘This person is better off sold for easy money’. Ngangula reported the matter to Lingadzi Police,” said Dandaula.
The suspect has been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace contrary to Section 181 of the Penal Code.
In a related development, Kawale Police on Monday, May 22 2016 also arrested two women in Kaliyeka, Lilongwe for alleged of inhumane mocking of a 13-year-old girl with albinism, Lillian Tongani.
On March 26 2016, Kawale Police also arrested Lucius Mantha, 21, from Ndaona Village, T/A Nsabwe in Thyolo for verbally attacking Robert Banda, 30, a person with albinism.
In recent months, there have been growing fears among persons with albinism due to the increase of cases of abductions and killings of people with the condition in various districts across the country.
Lilongwe Police are warning the public that the law shall take its course on anyone threatening people with albinism.