According to local media in Malawi, the government has ordered police to shoot “dangerous criminals” who attack albinos in order to sell their body parts for witchcraft, Malawi's police chief Lexen Kachama told officers at the weekend, reports AP.
“Shoot every criminal who is violent when caught red-handed abducting people with albinism” According to the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi, six albinos have been killed in the poor southern African nation since December, AP reported.
Malawi's police chief Kachama, reportedly told officers in Machinga district in the south of Malawi, where most of the attacks have happened, that “we cannot just watch while our friends with albinism are being killed like animals every day.”
Kachama said he does not want to "hear of a police officer chasing dangerous criminals especially those abducting albinos carrying teargas or any other soft weapon.
“That is why I am ordering the police to use weapons in proportion to the gravity of the offence. We need to be secure from criminals,” he reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Albinos have been the victim of a surge of attacks across Africa in recent months, with the UN warning the situation was particularly acute in Tanzania, Burundi and Malawi. AP says the UN Human Rights Council last month decided to appoint an expert to investigate abuses suffered by albinos across east Africa.