MPS Call for Adequate Protection of PWAS
The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has called for extra protection of persons with albinism (PWAs) this rainy season as their security is threatened by noise caused by rains and darkness.
Speaking in Mulanje on Thursday during a sensitization meeting on protection of persons with albinism, Deputy Director of Community Policing at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe Assistant Commissioner Alex Simenti said patrols have to be intensified around families that have people with albinism.
As you know criminal activities always happen when darkness falls and when it is raining at night, some evil-minded people take advantage of these situations to attack persons with albinism, and it is therefore important to put adequate security on persons with albinism said Simenti.
APAM Executive Committee Member, Mulanje Chapter Bertha Malaya, said there is need to build capacity of local security structures like the community policing forums on security alerts and general protection of persons with albinism.
We are always in fears when darkness falls and it is raining heavily, and this is the time we need security most, said Malaya who is also chairperson of the District Disability Forum in Mulanje.
Senior Chief Mabuka on his part urged his fellow chiefs to review and update their registers of persons with albinism and ensure that they are given enough protection.
During the meeting, Assistant Commissioner Simenti also advised people to report to police all malpractices aimed at sabotaging the Affordable Input Programme (AIP).
The meeting was attended by chiefs, religious leaders and representatives of persons with albinism.