Bishop challenges chiefs on albino attacks

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese has challenged chiefs in the district to join forces in denouncing abductions and killings of people with albinism.

This comes barely a month after an 18-month-old girl with albinism was last month abducted from her home at Khwawa Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Wasambo in the district.

Bishop Mtumbuka donates to one of the beneficiaries

Speaking during the distribution of relief food at Khwawa Village on Friday, Mtumbuka said time has come for chiefs to join the voices denouncing the abduction and killings of people with albinism.

He said: “As a Catholic Conference, we had a meeting on the same with senior government officials to chart the way forward regarding the abduction of people with albinism. We are doing all we can through our various structures to bring awareness among communities to put an end the barbaric act.”

Mtumbuka asked  faith groups and other stakeholders to take an active role in ending the malpractice.

On relief food distribution exercise, Mtumbuka said the Catholic Church attaches importance to giving to the needy.

“Works of charity are an integral part of the Catholic faith and we will go anywhere with relief food irrespective of denomination,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Joyce Nyasulu, thanked Mtumbuka for the relief programme, saying since December, beneficiaries have received a 50kg bag of maize, a 10kg sugar, beans and two litres of cooking oil.

The relief programme is funded by Copel Family of Mexico through Catholic Relief Services in Malawi and Karonga District has about 2 500 beneficiaries. n

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