President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has ordered a release of K3.1 billion towards the implementation of the National Action Plan for Safety and Security and Economic Livelihood of Persons with Albinism.

Mutharika made the order at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during a meeting of various stakeholders aimed at discussing the challenges facing people with albinism and what his government is doing about it.

The President told government officials to construct safe houses for vulnerable persons with albinism under the Malata and Cement Subsidy Program.

He also revealed that his government has started procuring personal alarm gadgets that will be connected to police stations in order to protect persons with albinism.

Mutharika also promised to institute a commission of inquiry to get to the bottom of the killings and abductions of people with albinism.

He then appealed to all Malawians to accept people with of albinism as important members of humanity whose life is sacred and deserve to live with dignity.

Meanwhile Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) President Overstone Kondowe has vowed to go on with a vigil at Capital Hill next week.

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