By Faith Kamtambe:
Civil society organisations under the banner joint Civil Society Platform on Governance (CSPG) have appealed for funding to activities aimed at protecting people with albinism in the country.
CSPG Vice Chairperson, Bright Kampaundi, said on Sunday that the mid-term budget review meeting of Parliament should allocate funds for implementation of activities under the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism.
A total of K3 billion is needed for the operationalisation of Action Plan.
“The plan was launched in June 2018. That was after the budget had been prepared. This is the time they should look at what aspects of the plan to fund immediately. The government should look for money that is already in the budget, which should be channelled to the action plan. We should not wait for the next budget,” Kampaundi said.
People with albinism living in Malawi have been victims of a surge of attacks by people seeking to use their body parts in ritual practices.
The government showed commitment to address problems affecting persons with albinism in the country by adopting a National Response Plan in 2015, before replacing it with the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism.
The Action Plan provides a comprehensive, multi-sectoral and sustained blueprint for ending challenges facing men, women, boys and girls with albinism and ensuring that they equally enjoy their rights and are fully included in national development plans.
Association of People with Albinism in Malawi President, Overstone Kondowe, said people with albinism have lost hope in State machinery, as they continue falling prey to attackers.