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By Madalitso Musa:

There are times some of us become too charged—unnecessarily so—on behalf of others. We tend to be too mad and delve into a fight for a cause or cause whose central figures have given up and chosen to take a defeatist route.

Talk in town, recently, has been the persecution of people with albinism. All of us who know what being human is about have, obviously, cringed at the thought of another mortal hunting down another with fatal intentions simply because the other has lighter pigment.

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Reaction to the killing of people with albinism has been one of anger, and most Malawians of goodwill—on social media or any other space or forum—have emerged from their cocoon to brazenly air their disdain to the devilish acts.

Twenty-five, officially or unofficially, people with albinism are said to have been abducted or killed or gone missing in five years. In all these years, all that we have had as explanation have been some blubber that passes for nonsense of the highest degree.

The closest and most serious intervention of our security agencies to end the barbaric acts of killing people with albinism have been either to take part in some useless public parades or dine and wine at State House. Nothing more!

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While some people are livid at how all this is happening, the killing of people with albinism is being treated with regrettable pettiness and some people have decided to make a joke out of it.

It is disturbing that while others have decided to invest all their energy in the fight against the killing of people with albinism, the targets have decided to fight selective battles, and those that suit them best. It is very clear that the crusade to end the killing of people with albinism is no longer a matter of protecting the vulnerable and has only dovetailed into a battle of egos.

But those to lose most are the victims who are somewhere in national nooks where not many think about. It has always been regressive when we have elements that decide to caress their egos at the expense of a just national cause.

The drab drama that has become of the fight against the killing of people with albinism must serve as a constant reminder to all of us how we are all naïve so as to be distracted from a great national cause.

Who, amongst us, still remembers how parliamentarians—from the government side and the opposition—defiled a nation’s dream when they defeated the Electoral Reforms Bill? Have we forgotten how members of Parliament and their kindred ganged up to sell, for a song, tractors that were meant for the deprived lot?

Let us face it and say without coating the truth in lumps of sugar that as a nation, we all lack that element of patriotism and we all move around with a price tag hanging around our neck.

The only time this madhouse we call a country will change is when you and I come to realise that we live on borrowed land and posterity will soon come to claim it from us. The question we must ask ourselves is: are we living true so that we live this place better than we found it so that posterity will enjoy it.

My raw take is that, all of us—meaning you and I—think most of what will bring our daily bread and we easily completely forget the greater good. When you come to think of it that even at a time all of us are praying for the wellbeing of people with albinism, there are people moving around

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