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MPs want MDF to safeguard Albinos

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Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday challenged government to permanently deal with the spate of killings of people with albinism , even if it means deploying the Malawi Defence Force(MDF) soldiers .

The legislators, led by Dedza East lawmaker Juliana Lunguzi, said the executive is off-track in its approach to root out the vice which has so far claimed lives of 18 people with albinism across the country.

Lunguzi informed the House that on Tuesday another Albino was discovered dead in Ntcheu with arms and legs chopped off, a development she said puts into question whether the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led administration is doing enough to protect people with albinism and other ‘vulnerable’ groups of people in the country.

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“These people were here at Parliament yesterday [Tuesday] to present a petition and today they are still being killed. It’s worrisome, these people expect a lot from us and we can’t wait for a statement from government when people are being killed every day. I expected the army to have been deployed by now,” said Lunguzi.

According to Lunguzi, the approach taken by government such as condemnations by President Peter Mutharika and organising sensitisation campaigns have not yielded any results, adding that government needs to go back to the drawing board.

However, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Clement Chiwaya, advised the members to follow procedures in introducing such matters in the house by filing a motion but the MPs demanded a response from government.

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Leader of the House, George Chaponda, tried to give assurances’ that government is working so hard to get to the bottom of the barbaric acts by fishing out the people behind the market of such body parts, but the members seemed unconvinced.

“The judicial system is also reacting by giving stiffer penalties to the perpetrators. And, as government; we will continue to pursue the perpetrators and even the people who send others to do this,” said Chaponda.

Taking his turn, leader of Peoples Party (PP) Uladi Mussa schooled government ministers on how best to permanently contain the ‘crisis’ saying so far the executive has demonstrated failure.

“As former minister of home affairs I know that if you are guarding a minister you must know where that minister stays. You therefore need to know where these people who are being targeted stay. Find out how many Albinos we have in the country. Government has all the tools to protect them. They are people like us, they have red blood and a heart on the left side,” said Mussa.

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