DPP to blame for continued killings of persons with albinism
25 September 2015, 09:19
Nairobi – The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has been a blamed for laxity in taking action against suspects linked to the rising killings of persons with albinism.
The ODM nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura who is also the national coordinator for Albinism Society of Kenya accused the DPP, Keriako Tobiko of turning a blind eye on killings of persons with albinism.
Mwaura said he is disappointed that Tobiko has not directed for further investigations and prosecution of identified suspects after receiving reports.
“The DPP and police have expressed laxity in responding to the killings of persons with albinism by depending on speculations instead of launching investigations,” said Mwaura.
“We are not shocked and surprised because this has become a trend. We want immediate action to be taken,” he added.
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Mwaura pointed out that Kenya has become prone to murder of persons with albinisms due to lack of stringent regulations after Tanzania, where the problem was rooted, and enforced tough measures such as banning licenses of witchdoctors associated with the use of victims’ body parts.
“I proposed a law in Parliament for suspects found culpable of killing persons with albinism to face life sentence and stiffer fine penalties, and I hope it will be supported by majority of members in the House,” said Mwaura.
He challenged the National and County governments to invest in public awareness campaigns for the society to embrace persons with albinism.
Mwaura also challenged the National government to ensure persons with albinism are provided with enough security like any other citizen to ensure their right to life is not threatened through killings based on outdated beliefs of using their body parts for prosperity.
Mawura was speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.
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