Apam goes to Mzuzu to meet Peter Mutharika


By Faith Kamtambe:

Government has said President Peter Mutharika will meet Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) and hear their concerns about killings and abductions of people with albinism in the country.

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Cecilia Chazama Friday announced in Parliament that Apam was Friday expected to meet President Peter Mutharika in Mzuzu.


Chazama told the House that members of Apam would travel to the Northern region with police escort.

“These people today [Friday] are going under police escort to meet the Head of State in Mzuzu. They have been provided with whatever they are demanding,” she said.

Chazama was responding to a question from Member of Parliament (MP) for Machinga East Esther Jolobala, who wanted the minister to say something on issues surrounding vigils being held by people with albinism at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) in Lilongwe.


Prior to the question, she presented a ministerial statement on the interventions on atrocities and killing of persons with albinism in the country.

Apam Deputy Secretary General Ian Simbota Friday evening said they were told of the journey but are currently waiting from government officials to send them buses to ferry them to Mzuzu.

Malawi News learnt that a decision was yet to be made if Mutharika should be the one flying to Lilongwe to meet the concerned people or indeed Apam officials going to Mzuzu.

Earlier, Apam demanded that Mutharika should come back from the North and meet them within 48 hours.

Currently, government is accommodating the concerned people with albinism at MIM.

Jolobala also expressed concern that the people are being given rotten food, a thing which Chazama dismissed arguing government is doing all it can to ensure that the people are in safe hands.

She also said she personally took nine people with albinism that fell sick after the march to the hospital.

“I have been at MIM even during old hours just to make sure that they are all safe ever since they went there,” she said.

Some MPs also questioned Chazama on the death of Buleya Lule, a key suspect in the abduction of 14-year-old person with albinism Goodson Makanjira.

The MPs argued that the suspect’s death raises a lot of questions.

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