Malawi's Mutharika declares war against 'terrorists' who kill albinos

2016-06-14 12:21
Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

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Lilongwe - Malawian President Peter Mutharika has declared war against albino "terrorists", claiming that his administration will win the war against them, Nyasa Times reports.

While making his address on International Albinism Awareness Day, Mutharika said that perpetrators of crimes against albino nationals would face the full might of the law.

Mutharika said this as Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu was set to table a bill in parliament, aimed at increasing protection for those living with the condition.

Mutharika said that at least 130 arrests had been made in connection with albino abductions and murders in Malawi.

He also confirming the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle cases relating to crimes against albino nationals.

'This is embarrassing'

"People elsewhere are taking us as fools, they think we are ignorant, this is embarrassing... it is sinful," he said. 

Mutharika has previously expressed concern over the scourge of albino attacks in the southern African country, saying he felt "terrible" and "ashamed" at the plight of those living with albinism in the country.

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.

Mutharika has since slammed the belief among some Malawian residents, describing the superstition as foolish and ignorant.

"The people who are telling people that it makes people rich are not even rich. They are wearing rags. How can a person like this make your rich if he himself cannot make himself rich?" he said.

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