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APAM wants another inquiry into albino killings

The Association of Person with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has appealed to government to institute a Commission of Inquiry to continue investigations into killings and abductions of persons with albinism.

This comes following the resurfacing of the malpractice in the country.

The latest case involves two people who accidentally dropped a bag containing parts of persons with albinism when they were stopped at a security check point in Mulanje.

According to Mulanje police publicist Gresham Ngwira the two dropped and abandoned their motorcycle and escaped into one of the plantations.

“Currently we are urging all well wishers to furnish us with relevant information that can help us track this people, arrest them and prosecute them.” explained Ngwira.

The security officers have since taken the body parts to Mulanje district hospital for further investigation.

In March last year, former president Peter Mutharika instituted a commission of inquiry which APAM president Ian Simbota deemed as incompetent following their failure to the rights of people with albinism.

Despite indicating that it would finalise investigations in a period of three months, the commission failed to deliver on grounds that it required more funds to investigate further.

Simbota tells Capital FM, “Instituting a competent commission of inquiry to come up with competent work and report, should have been the  biggest step taken in order  to give an assurance to persons with albinism that they are safe.”

Critics have been faulting the taskforces that are instituted to investigate some crucial matters arguing that they do not come up with results.

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