Persons with albinism to be on board

Strengthen beyond all odds can be a sugar-coating theme if persons with albinism are left aside in the implementation of developmental activities in the country.

Presidential advisor on disability Overstone kondowe said this to Nthanda Times on Wednesday during the Machinga district Albinism awareness day at Nanyumba Primary School in Paramount Chief Kawinga’s area in the district.

Kondowe said its high time for persons with albinism to be given a platform and prove their capabilities based on skills and talents they have in different government departments and organisations.

Kondowe (second from left) and other officials at Machinga

“We have had some discussion with the Inspector General of Malawi Police Service to make sure that the recruitment exercise does not discriminate capable persons with albinism and other disabilities,” said Kondowe.

Kondowe added that the country must be ready to welcome the first crop of police officers with albinism based on the eight persons with albinism who did well during Malawi Police physical interviews.

Also speaking at the event was Paramount Chief Kawinga who emphasized the need for unified efforts in promoting and protecting the lives of persons with albinism.

Kondowe: People living with albinism should not be discriminanted

Kawinga said he has been having discussions with relatives of persons with albinism including their chiefs to put measures in place that can help to end such malpractice.

“I urged all the chiefs to be in forefront in safeguarding the lives of their subjects especially those persons with albinism otherwise they will be the first to answer the call if anything bad happen to them,” said Kawinga

Commenting on the same, Zomba Diocese Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Coordinator Bryce Chawiya said promoting the access to justice and health services is paramount in lifting up the lives of persons with albinism.

“As CCJP we will continue raising awareness about albinism as one way of changing the mind-set of those who are still holding on misconception about persons with albinism,” explained Chawiya.

CCJP is implementing albinism project in Zomba and Machinga districts with funding from European Union and SCIAF.