Former president Bakili Muluzi has condemned the killings of people with albinism describing the acts as unjustifiable and unwelcome.
In a statement, Muluzi said reports of the crimes against people with albinism which have been carried out in the international media have tarnished the country’s image on the global scene.
“Our worry as a country is not just about the embarrassment, the question of our morality as a society. At the moment, persons with albinism continue to be hunted like animals and yet they are human beings just like all of us.
“The sad part of it is that they are being hunted, brutally killed and maimed by fellow human beings and Malawians for that matter,” said Muluzi.
The former president appealed to Malawians to join hands to end the vice saying the perpetrators are Malawians living in the country.
“The question is what have we done in order to expose them? This is a calamity as it has exceeded any levels experienced elsewhere on the globe,” Muluzi said.
He then urged authorities to review the country’s laws to ensure that perpetrators of such crimes get long sentences than is the case today.
Since 2014, over 18 murder cases have been reported and 14 cases involving kidnapping of albinos are in the records while three are still missing and 28 graveyards of people with albinism have been tampered with in different circumstances.