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By Aamon Butao
Government has urged all stakeholders involved in promotion of rights of persons with albinism to be accountable in management of resources.
Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati said this during a media briefing ahead of the International Albinism Awareness Day on Sunday.
Kaliati said, "Prudent management of resources will guarantee improved funding for organizations involved and as government we are committed to support persons with albinism."
She cited allocation of K400 Million towards construction of houses for persons with albinism in the 2021/2022 national budget as well as the Three Hundred Million Kwacha earmarked for implementation of National Action Plan for person with albinism.
Meanwhile, the Minister said she is saddened to learn that a 20 month old albino baby from Chikwakwa district went missing last week.
"The government will take to account any parent or guardian involved in abduction, killing and abuse of children with albinism," said Kaliati.
She said her Ministry has engaged the judiciary to speed up cases against persons with albinism.
In her remarks, United Nations Resident Representative Maria Jose Torres said Malawi has to raise its bar in protecting persons with albinism.
She said the UN family will continue rendering its support to persons with albinism to make sure that there is a safe environment.