Social commentators in Malawi have called for death sentences for people convicted of killing albinos.
The commentators were reacting to the case of a man who has been given a 17 year-jail term for killing his niece.
One of the commentators, Stanley Kenani demanded that the courts should give severe punishments to killers of people with albinism since there has been an increase in the horrific incidents.
“The killing of people with albinism in Malawi has taken a turn for the worse. In the most recent case, somebody offered to buy eight bones of a person with albinism for K1.1 billion ($1.5 million). The murderer of the 21-year old woman has so far been slapped with only 17 years in jail. With such a joke of a sentence for punishment, the problem will not end. We need a death sentence for these murderers,” wrote Kenani in a Facebook post.
Another commentator Henry Kachaje concurred with Kenani and said the 17-year jail term is “too light”.
Over the past year there has been a rise in attacks targeted at people with albinism in the country. The attacks involves cases of albino killings, attempted killings, abductions, attempted abductions and exhumation of albino dead bodies.
Recently, the Association of People with Albinism (APAM) also proposed that prosecutors should come up with proper charges for the thugs.