DEDZA (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow) –Uncontrollable wailing, anger, boos and emotions were on show Wednesday at Kuntamba Village in Dedza during the reburial of the remains of Enelesi Nkhata, a young albino lady who was brutally murdered in March last year.
Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), an organization that is fighting for the rights of people with albinism in Malawi witnessed the first reburial ceremony of Nkhata who was brutally murdered on March 9, 2016 to be accorded a model secure grave in Dedza District.
President of APAM Overstone Kondowe gave a very emotional speech that stirred the emotions of the mourners. Even men -who are usually billed to be emotionally strong -broke in tears.
“Why have we been reduced to be hunted like animals by our own people,” he said, amid tears himself.
“And yet we come from the same guys who kill us. In the case of Enelesi, none of her mother and father were albinos. and yet they had two albino daughter one of which we have all gathered here for. What is wrong with us, people?”
He urged the general public that there is need for mindset change for people in the country.
Kondowe said out there are some few people who still believe that the body and bones of people with albinism do possess magical powers and yet there is no any difference between a person with albinism and a person with a normal skin.
He said his organization is requesting intensive awareness around the country to help in disseminating the information condemning the malpractice of killing and abducting people with albinism.
The APAM president added that they are simply teaching the nation on the need to construct protective graves for the remains of people with albinism in the light of rampant cases of grave robberies and they need government plus other stakeholders to support this initiative.
“We have turned into animals now failing to work and walk freely due to this bad malpractice” Kondowe said.
He thanked government for agreeing with the decision of according Enelesi a proper and respectful reburial ceremony to rest in rightful place.
“Today we have witnessed the reburial ceremony of our sister who was brutally murdered by her uncle a brother to her father, this is the first model secure grave to be constructed to ensure that people should not tamper with the grave as it was with the cases in Ntcheu and Mchinji. To those who will be found in the graveyard tampering with the remains of a person with albinism, will still face stiffer punishments,” Kondowe said.
The National Technical Committee against Abuse of Person with Albinism in Malawi request members of the general public to take responsibility for the nation to ably deal with the atrocities against people with albinism.
Chairperson of the committee, Dr Hethewick Ntaba, said that, government is working closely with APAM on various aspects including the need for lotion in various health sectors, providing security and hasten the murder cases that are still in court.
Ntaba gave assuarances that government would support towards the education of Zione, a young sister to Enelesi who is said to be in Form 2.
At the funera, t he Deputy Inspector of Police responsible for Operations Rodney Jose came with over a dozen other police officers, District Commissioners for Lilongwe and Dedza, Senior Chief Kaphuka, Directors from the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare among others.
Since 2014, about 18 albinos deaths and 42 other cases of various atrocities including abductions have have been recorded across the country.