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

2016-06-23 12:13

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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

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