The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has said it is working tirelessly in cracking down crimes against persons with albinism.

The latest are two cases involving the missing and killing of two persons with albinism between January and June this year.

Addressing the press on Monday in Lilongwe, Deputy Police Inspector General responsible for Administration Merlyn Yolamu said law enforcers have since arrested suspects to the two cases.

In a case where a 17 year old boy Dyson Saidi was murdered and his body parts reportedly cut into pieces in Mangochi, Police say they have arrested 3 suspects and are closing in on one more.

In Chikwawa, the law enforcers have arrested two people in a case where a nearly two year old baby Prosper Henderson was abducted while asleep at night.

According to Yolamu, Police have recorded 194 cases involving crimes against persons with albinism since 2013.

“Of these cases, investigations for 93 are complete, 23 are still being heard in courts, and 5 are pending judgment while 73 are still under investigation.

Presidential Advisor on people with albinism and disabilities Overstone Kondowe says although it is worrying that the incidents persist, police are working hard to ensure that persons with albinism are protected.

He said the 2 cases demonstrate how committed the law enforcers are to curb the vice. He has further expressed optimism that the cases will eventually be eliminated.

In the proposed 2021 – 2022 national budget, Government has set aside about K300 million for the protection of persons with albinism.

-MBC-

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