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By Jameson Chauluka:

The government is worried with blood relations’ involvement in abductions and murders of people with albinism, Homeland Security Minister, Nicholas Dausi, said Thursday.

Dausi said this on the sidelines of a senior management meeting of heads of departments under the ministry in Blantyre to analyse their operations in 2018 and plan for 2019.

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Dausi said the government has noted with great concern that direct relations are increasingly getting involved in the murder and abductions of people with albinism.

“What has befallen us, Malawians, that we can look at our own brother, sister, daughter and son and think that we can get rich by selling them just because that they were born with albinism? We have been saying that people with albinism were also created in the image of God and what more with selling [one’s] own brother?” he said.

Meanwhile, a brother to Macdonald Masambuka, a 22-year-old man with albinism who was murdered last year in Machinga District, was implicated in his murder while a mother, father and grandfather are suspects in the missing of 13-year-old boy with albinism, Joseph Kachingwe, in Phalombe District.

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Dausi said police would do all they could to protect people with albinism.

“Talking about security of the people with albinism, we will do all we can to protect them. We will find the perpetrators of the violence. Even in the graves where they are hiding, we will smoke them out. We want our officers to have accurate information on what these people are planning right on time,” he said.

Dausi’s deputy, Charles Mchacha, in his address at the meeting, also alluded to the importance of protecting people with albinism.

While a number of murders and abductions of people with albinism remain unsolved, a one-year-old girl with albinism has gone missing in Karonga District.

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