In a continued effort to end abductions and killings of people with albinism in the country, the Malawi Police Services last Sunday organised a match in collaboration with their Mozambican counterparts to sensitive the general public in Nsanje on the evils of the practice.
Chiefs, religious leaders, students and people from all walks of life joined the match which started from Nsanje Police Station to Nsanje community ground.
Speaking during the ceremony, Commissioner Starch Maundala from the Inspection Audit Performance Management Unit of the Malawi Police assured people with albinism in the district of police protection.
“We are here to assure you people that the police are committed to ensuring that you are protected and to ask for collaboration between the police and the general public in dealing with this vice,” said Maundala.
He further advised the general public to love one another and never let the love of money drive them away from the principles of humanity.
Representing people with albinism in the district, Juma Ali called for stiff punishment to perpetrators.
“We are failing to go to our gardens, we cannot do our business freely, children are refusing to go to school. It is so unfair, it is like we do not belong to this country anymore,” lamented Ali.
Representing Mozambican police, Joao Sebastiao Jorge, Comandante Mutarara police said they are equally disturbed by the news of albino killings and abduction in Malawi.
Jorge said they are working with their Malawian counterparts to end the vice.
Said Jorge: “Reports have reached us that the body parts have markets in Mozambique. We done our investigations and we have found no market of such in our country. Let me assure you people here that those are just force rumours.”
Malawi has registered 19 albino killings and more than 65 cases of abductions since 2014.