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Albinos not at risk, says government

21 September 2015, 10:28 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The government has refuted claims that Tanzanians have invaded Vihiga County for albinos’ body parts.

Hamisi constituency assistant County Commissioner, Robert Nzuki said that police have not yet arrested any foreigner in the land hunting for albinos’ body parts.

This follows an attack on an albino last week, Enoch Jamenya, who was left nursing injuries on the ear and fingers with his attackers threatening to take his body parts to Tanzania.

Jamenya has been receiving treatment at the Vihiga Hospital.

“The national government is keen and has taken all necessary measures possible to ensure that albinos are granted protection that is required like any other Kenyan. There is no Tanzanian in the County posing a threat to their lives,” said Nzuki.

Nzuki was speaking during a press briefing at Broadpark Hotels in Mbale when people living with albinism held a conference to sensitise their members on the need for their security to be improved.

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Director of National Albinism Empowerment Network Trust Timothy Aseka, network’s chairperson Dr Kakai Wanyonyi, and coordinator Martin Wanyonyi attended the conference.         

During the meeting, people living with albinism came up with five resolutions which they wanted the government to put into effect for their safety to be realised.

“Members want the government to mobilise all resources available so that those people who attempted to attack our brother (Enock Jamenya) are brought to book,” said group’s spokesperson, Martin Wanyonyi.

He added, “Albinos must be involved in the Nyumba Kumi initiative fully so that at least they can be identified with the arrangement. That will make their protection easier.”

He said being actively involved in Nyumba Kumi initiative will enable their neighbours to track of their whereabouts at any time of the day.  

Wanyonyi added that the government should put a hotline that can be used by the albinos in case of an attack, for easier access to them.

He further asked the national council for people living with disabilities to provide albinos living in the remote regions with shoes, on top of the caps and sun glasses provided to them as their legs are adversely affected.

The group raised concerns about the ongoing teachers’ strike noting that their children are more at risk.

“Schools are able to act as the best protection for our children. When at home, they are prone to kidnappings or attacks,” Dr Kakai said.

He urged the albinos also to do their part in making sure that they remain protected even as they push the government to provide them with protection.

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