The MLS is therefore, urging Government and all stakeholders to take a decisive action and deal with this issue once and for all so that the year 2019 should not be another sad year in the history of Malawi for people with albinism. The Amnesty International report of 2016 entitled “We are not animals to be hunted or sold” noted that the “Malawian authorities have failed to guarantee the right to security of person for people with albinism especially in rural areas.” With this sort of observation we urge Government to put in place meaningful measures to deal with these unfortunate acts of barbarism once and for all.
Malawi is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which obligates state parties to respond appropriately to patterns of violence against certain groups of people. In line with this obligation, we call upon Government to take immediate action on this disturbing occurrence. The government as a core duty bearer of rights of its citizens has to be in the forefront protecting, and ensuring the fulfiment of the respect for the rights of life, dignity and the whole regime of rights of people living with albinism. We understand the police are investigating the matter and we look forward to the logical conclusion of the matter and that justice should prevail.
We mourn with the family and may the soul of Yasin Kwenda Phiri rest in eternal peace.
Dated this 3rd day of January 2019
Alfred Majamanda Martha Kaukonde