Vuwa, Police step up efforts in sensitizing public against albino killings

Commissioner Mgunda and Vuwa Kaunda interacting with people after the sensitization meetings

Presidential advisor on youths affairs Simon Vuwa Kaunda in conjunction with Senior Police officers from Area 30 in Lilongwe are conducting  awareness meetings against Albino killings. 

Speaking in an interview soon after the sensitization meetings in Nkhatabay Kaunda said Malawi leader Professor Arther Peter Mutharika is not happy to be hearing such stories in Malawi let alone Nkhatabay which is one of the tourism destination district.

Kaunda said it is  sad to note that Nkhata bay is registering some pockets of crime rate adding that Nkhata Bay has a potential of becoming the tourism district.

He said the crimes being recorded have potential to scare away investors and tourists.

He urged youths to report anyone perpetrating violence  against people of albinism so that Nkhatabay becomes  crime free as again.

He said in order to promote the tourism industry in Nkhatabay President Peter Mutharika has always stressed on the need of bring modern infrastructure in the district. 

“We have new tarmac roads from Mzuzu, we have new Jetty on Lake Malawi, we have Bus Depot, we have hospital in Nkhatabay and we have new market in Nkhatabay all these are coming to boost tourism,” He said.

He then appealed to people who gathered at the ground to vote for Professor Arther Peter Mutharika in order to allow him continue with the development effort come May this year. 

Police Commissioner  Maclean Mgunda of area 30 who is Deputy National Director for rural and community policing said said there is no Albino markets as being spread by various quarters of the society police have made research in various countries including Mozambique and that after the research there is still no information on the markets.

Mgunda urged the public to protect people with albinism by reporting anybody conspiring to to conduct any form of violence against people with albinism.

“People terrorising people with albinism live with us in our communities, we know them and we a should not hide them. People of Albinism are people like everyone let us avoid discrimination towards people with albinism,” Commissioner Mgunda said. 

Commenting on violence against elderly following the violent attacks of elders for being suspected to be witches, Mgunda said that again should not be condoned.

“As Police we shall not condone that again, lets avoid violence against elders,” Commissioner Mgunda said.

A dark crowd recently engulfed Kande area in Nkhata Bay after a person with albinism was hacked to death in his house around 10pm when he was in

bed with his seven-year-old son.

Police spokesperson in Nkhata Bay Peter Kalaya identified the victim as 54-year-old Yassin Kwenda Phiri who was working as a hospital attendant at Kande Health Centre.

The murder of Kwenda Phiri comes at a time when human rights groups, especially those that advocate for the rights of people with albinism have been complaining of delayed court cases on the murders of people with albinism.

Kalaya explained that the unknown assailants entered Kwenda Phiri’s house through a window and chopped off both his hands before fleeing with them.

The gruesome murder of Kwenda Phiri in the presence of his seven-year-old-son shocked people of Kande who think they might have done much more to prevent his death.

This comes only weeks after the High Court in Zomba denied bail to a Catholic priest who was arrested some months ago for the murder of a person with albinism in Machinga, Macdonald Masambuka.

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