Senior Chief Malemia of Nsanje has supported calls by Mulanje South legislator Bon Kalindo (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) to give a death sentence to those found guilty of killing people with albinism.
In an interview on the sidelines of an anti-albino killings and abductions campaign held on Sunday at the boma, Malemia said the killing and abduction of people with albinism is a serious issue that needs to be addressed diligently. The campaign was organised by the Malawi Police Service (MPS).
Said the chief: “Our laws must be respected and enforced. Killing a human being is a serious offence. Where are we going and what are we doing as Malawi?”
He said the death penalty should be applied to murder convicts, particularly those found guilty of killing people with albinism in the country.
“We have a law in this country which says anyone who kills a fellow human being should be killed. As chiefs, we cannot just sit and watch these brutal killings,” he said.
Malemia further challenged the law enforcers not to spare anyone involved in this malpractice.
On the campaign, Commissioner of Police at the National Police Headquarters, Starchi Maundala, said they decided to engage people in Nsanje as there has been rumours that albino body parts are sold in Mozambique which borders the district.
At least 18 people with albinism have been killed in the country since November 2014.