13 December 2018

Malawi: Speed Up People With Albinism Killing Cases - Tembenu

Zomba — The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional affairs has asked courts in the country to speed up cases of suspects accused of killing people with albinism.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs, Samuel Tembenu made the call at Thondwe in Zomba on Monday during the 2018 International Human Rights Day which also marks 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It was commemorated under the theme 'Stand Up for Human Rights'

Tembenu said the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi has been complaining of delays in handling of cases on killings of people with albinism or any violations thereby further putting their lives at risk and denying them the justice they deserve.

"Let the cases be processed with speed," he added while appealing to law enforcers including the police to ensure justice is never delayed.

One recent case is the killing of a man with albinism, MacDonald Masambuka of Chikweo in Machinga with the accused person still appearing at Zomba High Court since early this year.

The justice minister said delaying trying such cases in court is one of the best examples of human rights violation.

Tembenu said government established institutions such as the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Office of Ombudsman, the Law Commission and the Legal Aid to ensure that issues of human rights are promoted.

United Nations Resident Representative to Malawi, Maria Jose Torres commended government for strides made in the promotion of human rights citing the amendment of marriage age saying it has spurred termination of child marriages in a lot of areas in the country.

She however, urged government to ensure that corruption was not accepted at all levels as it undermines democracy and has a catastrophic impact on society.

Malawi commemorates International Human Rights Day as it signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, therefore the day serves as a platform to take stock of efforts and challenges being faced.

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