MP conducts pro-albinism campaign ahead of Tanzania elections
08 April 2015, 13:08
Nakuru - Nominated MP for special interest group, Isaac Mwaura, on Wednesday launched a campaign to protect people living with albinism and propagate for their fair treatment by the society.
The campaign dubbed ‘Niko na Haki’ which comes ahead of Tanzanian general elections is aimed at creating awareness about the predicament of albinos.
Some of them are kidnapped and their body parts used in rituals due to the superstitious belief that their parts, when used as charms, bring wealth and give people victory in elections.
There have been cases of people with albinism being killed in Tanzania during elections.
While addressing a forum in Murang’a town, the MP said that about 80 people living with albinism in Tanzania have been killed with the number of kidnappings of the same group of people increasing ahead of the general elections scheduled for October, 2015.
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He said that through the ‘Niko na Haki’ campaign, Kenyans will be enlightened on the plight of this special group and how to protect them and treat them fairly.
He claimed that there are cartels in Tanzania who have employed Kenyans and people from other East African countries to abduct and ferry albinos to their country.
He noted that the Albinism Society of Kenya has saved three albinos who had been abducted from Kenya and were being ferried to Tanzania.
Mwaura also called upon the government to conduct a census of people living with albinism in the country in order to ensure that they are adequately protected, noting that abduction of albinos needs to be collectively addressed by the East African countries.
The MP however commended the Kenyan government for providing sunscreen ointment for them through the ‘Niko na Haki’ campaign and pleaded with Kenyans to embrace those living with albinism and help in the fight against stigma.
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