Pastors in Machinga through their religious group, Machinga Pastors Fraternity on Saturday held special prayers dedicated for the protection for people with albinism who are currently being abducted, killed for their bones.
Presidential Advisor for Religious affairs, Apostle Timothy Khoviwa deplored current abductions, killing and exhuming of remains of people with albinism.
He expressed the concern at Liwonde Community Centre Ground in Machinga where the Pastors Fraternity in the district when the group of pastors launched special prayers which should be done in various churches and mosques in the district as one way of discouraging the killings.
To this effect, Khoviwa thanked the Machinga Pastors Fraternity for organizing the interdenominational prayers which were also served as awareness and sensitization against the abduction, killings and exhuming of remains of people with albinism.
He said the president is also concerned with the killings such that he asked religious leaders to pray for the Nation regarding the albino issue.
Khoviwa said it was pleasing to see the Machinga Pastors Fraternity responding to the President, Arthur Peter Mutharika’s call.
Addressing the function, Association of People with Albinism in Malawi, Overstone Khondowe asked the government to allocate more resources in all efforts of dealing with the abduction, killing and all forms of abuse against people with albinism.
President Mutharika continues to condemn the abduction, killing and exhumation of remains of people with albinism through press statement, meetings and whenever he is addressing rallies.
Machinga has recorded a lot of abductions, killings and exhumation of remains of people with albinism such that police has done a lot of awareness on the issue.
The awareness came in response of the abduction and disappearance of a two year old Ibra Pilo of Sub Traditional Authority Mchinguza of Nayuchi area and abduction and beheading of a nine year Harry Mokushoni of Traditional Authority Chikweo in the district.
By June, this year police registered 20 cases and arrested 26 people in connection with the abduction, killing and exhumation of remains of people with albinism in Machinga.