By Mike Gwadani
The Association of Person with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has given President Peter Mutharika up to April 30,2020 to fire the Chairperson of National Technical Committee on persons with albinism Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba.
In a statement signed by APAM President Ian Desmond Simbota the Association claims that since Ntaba was allegedly mentioned by two suspects to have been involved in the killings of person with albinism in the country during court hearings in both Blantyre and Zomba districts he should immediately resign or it would take unspecified actions.
“Your Excellency Sir, recognizing the Constitutional overarching power accorded you, APAM honorably asks you to fire Dr. Ntaba from the Office of Chairperson of the National Technical Committee by 30th April, 2020 should Dr. Ntaba happens not to amicably resign. If none of these demands is met, APAM will unreservedly take unspecified actions until justice is delivered,” reads part of the statement
The statement also says APAM perceives a conflict of interest if Dr. Ntaba continues to serve as a Chairperson of the Committee.
“APAM observes that his presence is further stifling the interventions being undertaken such as the Commission of Inquiry instituted in March 2019 and given a time frame of 30 days (30th April, 2019), but nothing has been done up this far except being fed with lies, “it reads.
APAM further says it views that the report may have implicated some Government Officials including Dr. Ntaba that is why it is being kept under wrap.
“APAM understands that there is no law that compels one to resign from any post after being implicated in a case. However, the spirit of umunthu should guide us in discharging our duties.
“APAM trusts that the Head of State will act in the best interest of persons with albinism in Malawi and allow the rule of law to reign in Malawi. The matter raised is of urgency as 134,636 persons with albinism in Malawi continue to live in a state of fear due to sabotage in justice delivery”. Reads part of the statement.
Meanwhile both presidential press secretary and Ntaba are yet to respond.