Mzuzu University (Mzuni) students have organised a demonstration to petition President Peter Mutharika to take a bold step against attacks on people with albinism.
The students will today march from Mzuni campus to Mzuzu Civic offices where they will present two petitions. They will petition the President and Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya.
The march is part of the sensitisation campaign that the students will embark on to add weight to the fight against attacks on people with albinism.
Speaking in an interview yesterday Mzuni Student Representative Council member Wazamazama Katatu said the students want the President to institute a competent commission of inquiry that should investigate vital information on the attacks.
He said the commission should establish destination for body parts of people with albinism and why the police are failing to maintain order.
“The country should quickly develop a comprehensive action plan with clear practical strategies, otherwise, as it stands, the country is addressing petty symptoms of the crisis. Having the commission in place will show seriousness in an attempt to gather facts and possible viable options.
“The other petition will be for office of the Speaker of Parliament, where we are calling on members of Parliament to meaningfully discuss this crisis, where among others they should come up with deliberate legal measures to protect this special group of people,” said Kakatu.
Mzuzu City mayor William Mkandawire said the Mzuzu City Council has given consent to have the students march from Mzuni to civic offices as they will be embarking on a peaceful demonstration.