Malawi convicts two for killing person with albinism

Malawi convicts two for killing person with albinism. Photo: African Media.

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) –Malawi’s Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Public Relations Officer, Pililani Masanjala has confirmed that a court of Ntcheu has convicted two out of eleven suspects over the murder of a person with albinism, African Daily Voice has learnt.

Media reports suggest that this year only at least six cases of attacks against persons with albinism have been recorded in the country.

The convicts Herbert Maloni aged 39 and Kenneth Moses aged 34 from traditional authority Chakhumbila killed Fletcher Masina in 2016.

“The thugs killed Masina in his garden and his body was found with hands and legs cut off,” said Pililani.

“The court has done according to the law, looking at the evidence that we had as a state and the accused knew that they have committed an offence of killing a person with albinism known as Fletcher Masina.”

According to Malawi24, the court is expected to resume tomorrow to sentence the two suspects and continue trial for other nine accused persons.

Malawi’s Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) recently announced that they will be holding vigils against government’s failure to protect people with albinism.

The vigils are set to be held at the State House in Lilongwe from the 6th to 9th March 2019 in the wake of the increase in attacks on the persons with albinism.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) also recently urged the government and other stakeholders not to block APAM from holding vigils against government failure to protect people with albinism.

Persons with albinism have also been demanding that the government declare Malawi unsafe for them so that they should be free to seek asylum in other countries.

Meanwhile, the catholic institution also called for speedy investigations of cases involving people with albinism in the country. It also commended government for coming up with National Action Plan (NAP) on persons with albinism in Malawi.

Malawi has witnessed attacks and killings of persons with albinism over myths that their body parts break chains of poverty.

Graves of persons with albinism have been found tampered for bones that people suspect are used for charms.

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