By Esnath Kalawe-MANA
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa has condemned the abductions of people with albinism, saying the malpractice continues in some places of the country.
Five more new cases of abductions of people with albinism have been recorded less than two months in the new year despite government employing interventions to protect the said group of people.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday in Lilongwe, while describing the situation as regrettable, he assured the public that Police were working hard to stump out the barbaric practice.
“The state is condemning the practice because this is a matter of national concern and it has to be stopped immediately. We have also directed the Army to team up with Police to flash out the practice.” Mussa said.
Mussa pleaded to all Malawians, well wishers and all those people who love Malawi to raise the alarm to end the killings, saying that would be a way of complementing government efforts.
He said one of such ways is government’s decision to initiate a program to build houses for those with albinism to protect them.
“Government of Malawi is still committed to people with albinism through the construction of houses and currently, we have constructed two solid houses in Chitakale, but we are planning to construct more in all parts of the country for people with albinism,” he assured.
Meanwhile, Police have been arresting suspects in connection with the abduction and killing of people with albinism. However, they have not yet uncovered where the perpetrators sell the body parts of the people abducted and killed.