By Samuel Kalimira & Bernard Mhone:
Malawi Police Service (MPS) has arrested three more suspects in connection with the murder of 54-year-old person with albinism, Yasin Phiri, at Kande in Nkhata Bay District on December 31 2018.
This means the number of suspects has risen to seven.
Thugs murdered Phiri at night in his house in the presence of his nine-year-old son, George.
Speaking during an awareness campaign against the malpractice on Saturday, MPS Deputy Inspector General responsible for administration, John Nyondo, said more people have been arrested but did not divulge more details.
“The malpractice was common in Southern and Eastern regions last year and now we are shocked that it has spread to the Northern Region.
“We are working tirelessly to arrest the perpetrators. At first, we arrested four but now we have added three more. We have taken a good move in identifying them and Malawians should expect the truth on the matter soon,” Nyondo said.
Nyondo also ordered Northern Region Police Commissioner, Hannings Mlotha, to establish a police unit at Kande Trading Centre.
He said the absence of a police unit contributes to insecurity in the area.
Nkhata Bay District Commissioner, Rodney Simwaka, said they would secure funds to construct a unit in the area. He said the funds might come from the District Development Fund.
Association of People with Albinism in Malawi Executive Member, Christopher Ndovi, said it is sad that people with albinism are living in fear.
He said some children with albinism are not reporting for classes in schools as they are afraid of being attacked.
“Our protection is in the hands of every Malawian, not only the police. Unfortunately, we are betrayed by neighbours. No one from far away can come and kill a person with albinism. It means that someone within the communities is involved. The country has failed to protect us and I blame the communities,” Ndovi said.
Senior Chief Fukamapiri asked his subjects to work with the police in tightening security for people with albinism, adding that the fight against the malpractice demands shared responsibility.