Delay in prosecution of murder cases worries APAM

Albinism in Malawi

The Association of Persons with Albinim in Malawi (APAM) has expressed concern over the continued delay to prosecute murder cases involving suspected killers of persons with albinism.

APAM president Overstone Kondowe raised the concern on Wednesday in Salima during commemorations for the International Day of Persons with Disability in Malawi.

According to Kondowe, in January the Ministry of Justice promised to speed up the cases but up to now many of the cases are yet to be concluded.

Kondowe blamed government for not prioritizing the cases as it has done with cashgate cases.

“The Ministry of Justice had promised in January when they were presenting their report in parliament that they should complete at least five murder cases which were there to be tried in court.

“We are looking forward to our court system in order facilitate speed up trial of the cases,” the president of APAM

Minister of Gender, Disability, Children and social welfare, Cecilia Chazama also expressed a similar concern. She said her ministry will engage the Ministry of Justice to find ways of dealing with the issue.

“Through the Ministry of Justice we have also set up a round table of discussions and a task team to see how we can solve these issues,” she said.

The international Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually commemorated on 3rd December and this year in Malawi the commemorations were held under the theme “empowering persons with disability and issuing inclusiveness and equality”