President Peter Mutharika says his government will not shield people involved in the killing of persons with albinism.
The Malawi leader was speaking this afternoon during the launch of Chiwanja Cha a Yao at M’manga Primary School ground in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Nsamala in Balaka.
Commenting on the murder of Yasin Phiri on New Year’s Eve at Kande in Nkhata Bay, the President reiterated that his government would not shield anyone involved in the barbaric killing of persons with disabilities.
Mutharika said he has instructed the taskforce on abduction and killings of persons with albinism to revise the strategy that would lead to an end of the malpractice.
“My government will not shield anyone involved in the cruel killings of persons with albinism. Anyone found will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Let us all work together to end these killings and let us avoid politicizing this issue. Nobody has ever become rich through selling of bones of albino,” he said.
On the cultural grouping, Mutharika said his government wants to promote all cultures in the country. He added that that there is no culture which is superior to the other hence the need for people of different culture to live in unity.
Speaking earlier, Paramount Chief Kawinga of Yao tribe hailed government for championing various development projects in the country.
He said the introduction of community technical colleges is in line with Yao people, saying most of them depend on technical and vocational skills such as tailoring and carpentry.
Chairperson for Chiwanja Cha a Yao McKennedy Abdul Aziz Yasini said the Yao grouping was established to promote the Yao culture.
He clarified that the grouping is non-religious and non-political, saying there are many Yao people who are Christians.
Yasini cited Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese as one of the Yao person who has contributed a lot to the development of Catholic Church in the country.
Some of the notable people that attended the launch included Paramount Chiefs M’mbelwa, Dr. Bakili Muluzi and some cabinet ministers.
Yao people came into Malawi from Mozambique in 1300 AD and they are spread across the country.