The country’s Civil Society Organization (CSOs) grand coalition has asked the courts to consider stiff punishment to all criminals found guilty of killing people with albinism.
According to CSOs grand coalition public relations officer, Lucky Mbewe, it could be so good seeing albino killers being slapped with death sentences as this could lower the number of albino abduction and killing cases.
Mbewe said the government need also to be punishing some herbalists working in the country especially those who are also behind the malpractice.
“I would like to thank the state president that it seems he is alert on these killings as he is still insisting that justice will prevail on all albino killers. We would also like to thank the Malawi Police Service as they have also vowed to work tirelessly to end the killings.
“So, what we are asking is that, yes the government and promises us to end the practice, but what we want now is that we should see the work of their promises. The need to be slapped with a very stiff punishment and we see it wise that the president need to sign in for the death sentence to start working,” said Mbewe.
He further said these killings started in Tanzania but the East African country has managed to end the matter and further added that Malawi need to adopt the procedures that this neighboring country took to end the practice.
Meanwhile, a United Nation independent expert, Ikponwosa Ero has said it is very worrisome that cases of albino abduction and killings could rise as it is now, in a country with low number of albinos whom according to her are below 10,000.
Starting from January last year to date, the country’s’ courts has recorded over 66 cases of albino abductions and killings and in these cases over 17 people were reported dead.