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Mps condemn killing of persons with albinism

17 September 2014, 22:54 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs in the Kenya Disability Parliamentary Association (KEDIPA) have condemned the continued attacks and killings of persons with albinism for ritual purposes, saying the government needs to protect the marginalized group.

The legislators led by the ODM nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura said the killing of persons with disability is a regional challenge which violates human rights provisions.

“It is shocking that atrocities against persons with albinism still exist. There is much concern that despite the challenge being a regional problem, the East African governments have not taken appropriate action,” said Mwaura.

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He said protection to the disabled persons should be provided with security officers arresting responsible attackers who are well-known and associated with witchcraft.

“We intend to bring an amendment to the Persons with Disabilities Act to propose stiff penalties for such acts and provide clear structures for the implementation of protection measures and programmes for the protection of persons with albinism as this is lacking in the law,” said Mwaura.

“However, we call upon President Uhuru Kenyatta as the head of State of the East African Community to take the matter for discussion during the forthcoming meeting in Arusha, Tanzania,” he added.

Nominated MP, Janet Teiyaa, who is also a committee members of KEDIPA, said there is need to initiate community sensitization campaigns in counties for protection of persons with disabilities.

“Developing social groups in the society to protect the disabled will be beneficial in addressing the atrocities committed against the marginalized group,” said Teiyaa.

Nominated senator, Godliver Omondi, who is also KEDIPA treasurer, said the kidnapping of persons with albinism from the country to Tanzania has been rampant since 2006, yet not much has been done to avert the inhumane act.

“Despite the act being persistent since 2006, nothing much has been done to avert this great violation of human rights and perpetration of atrocities against persons with albinism in our society,” said Omondi.

The legislators representing persons with albinism were responding to a story aired on a local television station regarding a boy with albinism, Gabriel Kinyanjui Mandu, who has been facing serious attacks and attempts by attackers allegedly from Tanzania intending to kidnap him for ritual sacrifices. 

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