Malawi government condemns attack on woman with albinism

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By Earlene Chimoyo

The nightmare of persons with albinism about growing killings and attacks prior to elections has come true with the latest attack reported in the northern region.

The attack on a 92-year-old woman from Mzimba comes weeks after the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) raised concern that such inhuman acts become rampant during electoral periods.

According to reports, Twafauli Ngoma was attacked on Saturday evening.

The attacked occurred while she was trying to light a fire in her kitchen so that her daughter would easily prepare a meal upon her return from a nearby market.

In about 139 days from now, Malawians are again expected to go to the polls following a constitutional court ruling which nullified last year’s presidential elections.

The government however has condemned the recent attack describing it as distressful.

In the statement, Minister of Information Mark Botomani is appealing to communities and their leaders to ensure maximum security of persons with albinism living amongst them ahead of the polls.

The government has directed the Malawi Police Service to hunt for and arrest the suspected criminals.

Government further warns politicians and political party supporters against attacking people with albinism to create a sense of insecurity for political reasons.

Botomani assures the public that the police will intensify security ahead of the presidential polls.




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