Malawi Muslim Community UK (MAMCO-UK) says is not convinced with the measures taken by authorities and stakeholders in curbing abduction and killings of people with albinism in the country.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Islam, Secretary of MAMCO-UK Rodrick Junaid Kalumpha says government and other stakeholders need to step up their efforts in providing security to people with albinism.
“it seems the general public is not concerned about the vice affecting our brothers and sisters with albinism. But it is the responsibility of every Malawian to play a role in curbing this barbaric act.” Kalumpha said.
Kalumpha says the organization has embarked on a fundraising drive aimed at sourcing funds that will be channeled to Association of People with Albinism.
He says so far, his organization has provided funds to APAM aimed at providing safety to the 12-year child of albinism in Dedza whose brother was abducted 2 weeks ago.
“We have actually responded to the request made by APAM towards the cause of providing safety to the child.
“We are also appealing to other organizations to emulate this gesture since the organisation requires funds that may also used in other activities such as economic empowerment.” Kalumpha said.
Cases of abducting and killing of people with Albinism became rampant in Malawi in 2015 and 25 People have so far been killed for what many believe is due to rituals.
Meanwhile, one of the suspects in the murder of a 14 year old boy with albinism Goodson Makanjira has died in police custody.
Spokesperson of Malawi Police Service James Kadadzera has confirmed the death of Buleya Lure.
Kadadzera says Lure showed signs of sickness in court and was rushed to Kamuzu Central hospital.
Buleya who was the fifth accused person did not plead guilty in court to the charge and accusations by the first and second accused saying they were lying and just wanted to tarnish his image.
Appearing in court yesterday the stepfather of Makanjira, Kumbilani Patson pleaded guilty to the boy’s abduction saying he was duped by Buleya who offered him 800, 000 kwacha as he knew the market for people with albinism.
Buleya on several occasions seemed to indicate that he was going to faint repeatedly asked for water and laid on the floor saying he was feeling dizzy.