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Albino case files are missing—MP

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Machinga East Member of Parliament (MP), Esther Jolobala, Thursday told Parliament that two case files of people with albinism killings and abductions have gone missing in the eastern region while 15 cases have been suspiciously closed.

Jolobala said this has been revealed in an independent follow-up that an international organisation did on how the case files are being handled.

“What is happening is that, according to their system, one who has started the case has to continue up to the level where they can hand over the case to the prosecutor. Before that, we have information that some two files went missing and 15 were closed. We are suspecting that the police cannot do it alone,” she said

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Jolobala said, since 2014, out of 22 registered murder cases, no single case has been handled through the courts, raising questions over efforts being made to arrest the situation in the country.

“Since 2014, we have been experiencing cases of kidnapping and killings of [people with albinism] and, up to now, over 148 cases have been registered. Twenty-two of them are murder cases and no single case has gone through the courts. Nothing has been done. One wonders what is really happening,” she said.

But Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecelia Chazama, dismissed the allegation.

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“There was a case in November about a child who was abducted by his uncle and the case was dealt with in court. As we speak, he is a convict serving 21 years in jail. There are other cases but [this is] very sensitive information. But I can assure the public that no case has been closed,” Chazama said.

Chazama asked the lawmaker to provide evidence.

But Jolobala stood her ground, saying she was ready to provide the evidence.

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