Former president, Bakili Muluzi, has condemned the continued abduction and killings of people with albinism, describing the acts as inhuman and unimaginable.
In a statement released yesterday, Muluzi said the reports profiled in international media have dented the country’s image on the global scene and he appealed for the nation to join hands to end the vice.
“Of course our worry as a country is not just about the embarrassment, the question of our morality as a society. At the moment, persons with albinism continue to be hunted like animals and yet they are human beings just like all of us. The sad part of it is that they are being hunted, brutally killed and maimed by fellow human beings and Malawians for that matter,” the statement reads in part.
The former head of state said the country needs to put even more efforts to completely end the killings.
“Quite disturbing are reports that those involved in these heinous crimes live within our communities. The question is what have we done in order to expose them? This is a calamity as it has exceeded any levels experienced elsewhere on the globe. As a matter of urgency it requires all of us not only to condemn but offer pragmatic solutions to end it,” Muluzi said.
He called for aggressive campaign against these acts and discrediting of all myths that are associated with persons with albinism.
“We also need to review our laws and fill the gaps so that our courts are not unfairly accused of meting out what are perceived by society to be weak sentences to convicts. On a rather positive note, I am reliably informed that there are some lawyers in the country that are ready to privately prosecute such cases pro bono,” reads the statement.