DPP CALLS FOR GOVT TO FULLY FUND MINISTRY OF GENDER

 DPP CALLS FOR GOVT TO FULLY FUND MINISTRY OF GENDER

By Kenson McCloud 

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (Dpp) is challenging government to adequately fund initiatives under the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare aimed at protecting persons with albinism.

The call follows the resurfacing of violence against persons with albinism in the country.  

A 20-year-old man with albinism Ian Mahamba was found murdered last Sunday in Bangwe Township in Blantyre after going missing a week earlier. 

In an interview with Timveni, DPP Member of Parliament for Thyolo Thava, Mary Navicha said, "The resurfacing of the attacks and killings of persons with albinism is because of negligence by some key stakeholders." 

Navicha has since called for concerted efforts among relevant players to address the problem.

Meanwhile president of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi Ian Simbota has said he is so far not impressed with government’s efforts in protecting persons with albinism.

Simbota said, "The current administration lacks political will," citing u-turn on campaign promises including instituting a fresh commission of inquiry to investigate killings and attacks on persons with albinism.

Simbota further blamed Police for trying to conceal evidence on the recent albino killing.

He has since said the association intends to seek an audience with President Lazarus Chakwera to find lasting solutions amidst resurfacing of the killings.

However, Police have said an investigation into the killing of Mahamba has been established and assured the public that law enforcers are closing in on suspects.

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