Dausi tells persons with albinism to be patient

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Government has asked persons with albinism to be patient following a planned vigil organised in the wake of the increase in attacks on the persons with albinism.

Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) plans to hold the vigil at State House in Lilongwe vigils from the 6th to 9th March 2019.

Nicholas Dausi

Dausi: says APAM should be patient

Persons with albinism have also been demanding government to declare Malawi unsafe for them so that they should be free to seek asylum in other countries.

But at a press conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi asked persons with albinism to exercise patience.

He argued that the attacks on persons with albinism have not reached levels where persons with albinism should be seeking asylum or holding vigils.

The minister also called for concerted efforts in the fight against the killings and assured the public that government is committed to protecting anyone from violence and discrimination.

Dausi said government developed a National Action Plan that will also help in ensuring responsive and legal action for protection of persons with albinism.

In his reaction, APAM President, Overstone Kondowe, said the statement leaves a lot to be desired

Meanwhile, APAM has expressed its appreciation for the overwhelming support it has received since its announcement to hold vigils.

According to the association, participants in the vigil will congregate at Lilongwe Community Centre Ground and thereafter march to Kamuzu Palace where they will deliver a petition to President Peter Mutharika.

After handing over the petition, the protesters will remain at Kamuzu Palace where they will hold a vigil for three days.

This year, at least five cases of attacks against persons with albinism have been recorded in the country.

Last week, thugs abducted a 14-year-old boy with albinism in the area of chief Chilikumwendo’s area in Dedza.

 

 

 

 

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  1. I submit and recommend that they must stay at Kamuzu Palace forever for their own safety. Malawi is too small a country and that malfeasance of Albinism can be stopped in one day if the country’s leaders wish to. One concludes the country’s leaders are the ones killing the Albinos as their witchcraft business to remain in positions! Please folks elect people that fear God not human animals!

  2. You need to be careful with the way you talk on issues to do with people living with albinism. How can the whole minister tell people who are living with albinism to be patient when they are butchered day in day out. Also which levels killings does the minister want to trigger a response from government that indeed the government has failed to protect our brothers and sisters?