Malawi’s Parliament demands more funding to end attacks on people with albinism

Ikponwosa Ero, a United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. Photo: Mkhululi Chimoio

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Malawian Joint Parliamentary Committee against Violence on Persons with Albinism recently urged the government to assign more funding for the war against attacks on people with albinism.

According to Malawi24, the chairperson of the committee, Richard Chimwendo Banda, made the call on Tuesday in Parliament after presenting a report on meetings held from 23th February to 4th March 2019 addressing violence against people with albinism.

Media reports suggest that this year only at least six cases of attacks against persons with albinism have been recorded in the country and Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) recently confirmed that more than 18 people with albinism remain unaccounted for.

Speaking in an interview with members of the press, Banda said despite all the efforts rendered towards the protection of people with albinism, lack of funding remains a main challenge

Banda therefore stressed on the need for emergency funds from Government and for agencies within criminal justice system in Malawi to speed up the murder cases of people with Albinism.

“We are calling on government to hire foreign investigators to get to the bottom of the killings of people with albinism in the country,” said Banda.

Meanwhile, the APAM Ian Desmond Simbota applauded the report saying it is a welcome initiative because the recommendations made in the report are some of the emergency things they have been fighting for.

Simbota therefore said if what has been presented in the report can be implemented and well-funded, it will bring change and save the lives of people with Albinism in Malawi, hence urged for quick implementation.

On another note, President of the Association of Persons with Albinism Overstone Kondowe has been elected as a leader of the Africans Union of Persons with Albinism in Africa.

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