The country’s electoral body Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has warned all people who are involved in attacks against people with albinism that they will be barred from contesting in the 2019 general elections.
According to MEC Director of Media and Public Relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa, those convicted for possessing bones, abducting or killing people with albinism, and conspiring to kill or abduct people with albinism will be caught in the law and will not be allowed to contest in the coming general elections.
“It is morally unaccepted to exhume dead bodies with the intent to sell the bodies, so if you want to stand in 2019 as a ward Councillor, Member of Parliament or President stay away from engaging in such crimes. Stop killing, torturing, abducting people with albinism,” said Mwafulirwa.
The MEC spokesperson also reminded Malawians that any person convicted by a competent court of crime involving dishonesty and moral turpitude within seven years prior to the elections will be barred from contesting.
People with albinism in the country are still living in fear over attacks against them which increased in the first half of 2016. Recently the country’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika called upon women in the country to join hands with the aim of ending the evil act.