Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Planning on Monday handed over two houses worth K8 million kwacha to two brothers with albinism in Chikwawa to ensure their safety and protection.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Planning Anna Kachikho said she was relieved that the eight months project was now completed.
“I am happy that the houses are now completed and that the two brothers will now enjoy their sleep during the night without worries. The structures are strong enough to ensure the protection of our two brothers and I am satisfied,” she said.
Chikwawa district commissioner Lusizi Nhlane said government is also constructing 777 houses for the less privileged in the district through the Malata and Cement Subsidy Programme, 415 of which have been completed.
The two brothers, from group village head Namkumba in Sub-Traditional Authority (ST/A) Masache in the district, are survivors of the recent spate of attacks on people with albinism.
Chikwawa Police Station spokesperson Foster Benjamin is on record as having said that on the night of March 3 2017, unknown men entered the boys’ house and attacked Alfred and Yohane Misoya. However, some community members rescued them and rushed them to the hospital.
President Peter Mutharika ordered construction of houses for the two brothers under the Malata and Cement Subsidy Programme.
One of the beneficiaries, Alfred, thanked government for the gift, saying they were still living in fear, but now they will enjoy their peace.