By Jameson Chauluka:
The Commission of Inquiry which President Peter Mutharika instituted in March to investigate the killing and abduction of people with albinism in the country has missed the April 30 2019 deadline to submit a report of its findings to the President.
The commission, which is chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Robert Chinangwa comprises Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe, Grace Massah, Abigail Dzimadzi, Paramount Chief Kawinga, George Jobe, Hilda Soko and Brenda Vokhiwa- Kapenga who serves as its secretary.
When asked about the status of the investigations now that the deadline has lapsed, Kapenda referred The Daily Times to her chairperson who said the deadline had been extended but could not say up to when.
“OPC [the Office of the President and Cabinet] is the right authority to tell you our new deadline but all I can say is that the deadline has been extended,” he said.
In a statement released early March, Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, said the commission was instituted effective March 5.
“The commission, whose appointment is effective 5th March 2019 is expected to finalise its work and submit a written report to His Excellency the President by 30th April, 2019,” the statement reads in part.
Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi then president, Overstone Kondowe, reacting to the appointment of the Commission of Inquiry on his Facebook page, faulted the commission saying it does not have people who can ably do the job.
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