MALAWI: DISABILITIES/NYASA TIMES/27/3/18 SABANews 1
BLANTYRE – The ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM IN MALAWI has lashed out against the Presidential Adviser on Local Policies in their country.
The group accuses HETHERWICK NTABA, who also chairs the National Technical Committee on Abuse of Persons with Albinism, of failing to do the work at hand.
The NYASA TIMES says the Association has issued a statement saying it has asked President PETER MUTHARIKA to review the activities of the committee.
It says the development comes after the suspected abduction and disappearance of a 22-year-old man with albinism, MACDONALD MASAMBUKA, early this month.
Association President OVERSTONE KONDOWE says the committee has failed to deliver to the expectations of persons with albinism and its existence is merely ceremonial.
He says his Association has never heard anything from Mr NTABA, who should have, but has failed to lead the fight against attacks and killings of albinos.
Mr KONDOWE also says neighbouring KENYA and TANZANIA have managed to end the vice because of their political will.
Unknown people reportedly abducted Mr MASAMBUKA on the night of NINE MARCH near CHIKWEWO Trading Centre and remains missing.
Mr KONDOWE says his Association has lost confidence in the police and the Presidential Committee led by Mr NTABA following the incident.
However, the TIMES says Mr NTABA has defended his Committee, saying it has done its best to end attacks on persons with albinism and they will meet the Association to report on progress.
He says National Technical Committee has been lobbying for the death sentence against murderers of persons with albinism in order to deter other would be offenders.
The MALAWIAN Government official says their appeal for the death sentence follows a fact-finding mission that shows a good number of people favour the move as a protection for disabled people./Sabanews/cam