UN to send experts to investigate albino situations in Malawi: president

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-15 12:11:06|Editor: Li Xia
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MACHINGA, Malawi, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Malawian President Peter Mutharika said Thursday that the United Nations (UN) will send two experts to Malawi in the next two weeks to investigate the attacks and killings of people with albinism in the country.

Mutharika made the announcement in the eastern district of Machinga, which is one of the districts that has recorded most cases of abductions and killings of albinos.

"I'd like to announce that the United Nations is sending two experts to investigate the killings of people with albinism to establish who are the people involved in these evil acts and where the market, if there's any, is located," said Mutharika when visiting people who have been displaced by recent floods.

Mutharika's announcement follows a series of criticism from the opposition, local and international organizations that he has failed to bring the killings to an end.

On February 28, Mutharika met a group of albinos at his presidential residence where he made seven pledges, including directing the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to involve international investigators to delve into the atrocities.

The Malawian leader has also instituted a commission of inquiry to investigate the killings that have shocked the sub-Saharan country.

A special parliamentary committee, which has been set to investigate the killings, recommended earlier this week that foreign investigators should be involved in the investigation "because government security agencies such as the police and intelligence have failed."

Mutharika has also directed the country's treasury to release about 4.1 million U.S. dollars to fund the implementation of the 2015 National Action Plan (NAP), which includes equipping and empowering police to protect people with albinism.

Since November 2014 when the first case of killing of albinos was reported, at least 23 brutal deaths have been recorded in Malawi, while 14 people with albinism have been reported missing.

Mutharika has always condemned the killings, describing them as "acts of evil perpetrated by stupidity and primitive way of thinking."