President Prof. Peter Mutharika has reiterated the need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to find ways of stopping abductions and killings of persons with albinism in the country.

He made the observation on Monday after commissioning the multi-million Kamuzu Barrage and Bridge at Liwonde Community Ground in Machinga.

Mutharika asked Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), religious, traditional and political leaders to stop politicizing violence against people with albinism.

“It is sad that other politicians want to gain cheap political mileage by politicizing the attacks of people with albinism which is unfortunate,” he said.

Mutharika advised persons with different disabilities to avoid being manipulated by politicians who don’t have any solutions to the problem.

He said government remains committed to promote and protect the lives of people with albinism.

“We are constructing safe and secured houses for persons with albinism. I have also ordered Malawi Police Service to establish police stations or units in areas where there are persons with albinism.

“We have also been in contact with other countries like Tanzania and Kenya to learn how they managed to overcome this inhumane malpractice,” the Malawi leader said.

Mutharika urged people to desist from acts that perpetrate gender based violence.

He asked for unity and love among all Malawians.

The President said the country is among 12 countries in Africa that are doing well in combating Gender Based Violence (GBV).

“Last week, the African Union (AU) recognized Malawi as one of the few countries that are doing well to reduce gender based violence,” he added.

Mutharika pleaded with people to stop violence against women, children and people with albinism.

Mana

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