Malawian MP claims albino 'terrorism' is part of opposition plot

2016-06-23 12:13

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lilongwe - A parliamentary official for Malawi's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has claimed that criminals targeting albino nationals may be part of a deadly opposition political strategy, Nyasa Times reports.

Bon Kalindo, a member of parliament representing Malawi's Mulanje South District, alleged that opposition parties were behind the criminals who were attacking and killing scores of albino nationals across the southern African country.

Kalindo made the accusations while speaking out on the issue in the capital Lilongwe.

He said the victimisation of people living with albinism formed part of a bigger strategy by opposition parties, in order to render the country ungovernable.

He claimed, without mentioning names, that the opposition were taking advantage of albino "terrorism" in order to boost their political ego.

Kalindo urged citizens to support planned naked demonstrations aimed at forcing government to enforce the death penalty on albino killers.

"We are now calling Malawians to support the demonstrations which will take place on Thursday, 23 June, 2016. We will converge at Area 18 round about where we will march peacefully to the Parliament," said Kalindo.

The Malawian government recently ruled out the implementation of the death penalty against albino killers, saying that such legislation would go against human rights agreements that the country had entered into.

The MP's utterances followed a similar statement made by opposition MP Vitus Dzoole Mwali, who previously claimed that the ruling party was behind the murder of several albino nationals.

According to a previous report by Nyasa Times, Dzoole claimed that he had evidence to back up his allegations but was later asked to withdraw his statement by Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowa.

Fueled by a belief that albino body parts brought wealth, attacks on albinos have increased in recent times, leading to the deaths of at least 17 albino nationals in the last two years.


Read more on:    dpp  |  malawi  |  albinos  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.