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Friday, March 6, 2015

War Declared on Albino Killers

THE government and the Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) have agreed to form a committee that will comprise members from both parties, traditional doctors and all major stakeholders that will come up with a joint strategy to end the killings of albinos in the country.
This decision was reached when TAS leaders led by their chairman, Mr Ernest Kimaya, met President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House where the former presented their recommendations to the president.... War Against Albino Killers Declared

Four Albino Killers face Death Sentence

From left: Nassoro Charles, Singu Nsiantemi, Masaru Kahindi and Ndahanya Lumola, who were yesterday sentenced to death for the brutal murder of an albino woman in 2008

 The husband of a 32-year-old woman with albinism is among four men sentenced to death for her 2008 killing in Nyamaruru Village. Zawadi Magindu’s attackers, who included her husband Nassoro Charles, cut her limbs and right hand with an axe and a machete.

High Court Judge Joacquine Demello ruled that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the four committed the murder.

The killers are Nassoro Charles, a resident of Beda Village in Kagera Region, Masaru Kahindi of Nyamaruru Village in Geita Region, Ndahanya Lumola whose origin was not stated, and Singu Nsiantemi from Kakoyoyo Village in Bukombe District.
The four attacked the woman at 7pm as she ate dinner. Kahindi, a neighbour, and Magindu’s husband were armed with an axe and a machete. They chopped off her legs and right hand.

Said the Judge: “The attackers also beat and threw out of the house the mother of the deceased, Ms Magdalena Mashimba, and her granddaughter, Semen Hamisi. As they beat the elderly woman, her granddaughter--who was hiding behind the door--identified the attackers and their voices since there was moonlight on that night.”...
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015


 Put an End to Albino Killings Now, Please!

The killing of people with albinism, ostensibly for their body parts, is a crime so heinous that we must do all we can to bring it to an end. It is disturbing that there is an air of desperation around this subject, with more lamenting than working out a plan of action to save these precious lives.
Members of the association of people with albinism see complacence on the part of the government. Why, they ask, does the expertise applied in catching killers of individuals “who matter” not come into force when superstitious thugs attack and dismember them?
The argument is that people whose level of thinking leads them to believe albino parts provide potent charms for quick riches and power do not have the sophistication to evade our generally well trained police. Such small brains are certain to leave behind trails that our police can follow and bring them to book.  Yet reports show that since 2000, there have been at least 74 albinos killings and 58 brutal attacks in which people have lost limbs or have been left permanently scarred. There are many unanswered questions on how many arrests and convictions have been made. As President Kikwete himself said in his February month-end speech, the attacks on albinos are a disgrace. How much anger must we whip up in order to get these killers behind bars?
In August 2010, police arrested a Kenyan at a guest house in Mwanza with an albino compatriot he wanted to sell to a willing Tanzanian buyer. Kenyan MP Isaac Mwaura,  who has albinism, told Radio Deutsche Welle recently that in his country, albinos are referred to as “Bongo”, a moniker for Tanzania.
In some countries, albinos are given special protection. This is not a matter for debate. We have no choice but to end this barbaric scourge. All citizens, regardless of what they look like, deserve a guarantee that they will be protected.
Editorial Can be Read Here 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Albinos 'Want Their Killers Executed'

A DELEGATION of people with albinism through the Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) is expected to meet President Jakaya Kikwete on Thursday, this week, in which among others, will request the president to put into effect the death penalty on convicted albino killers.

"There are about seven people who are on death row...READ THE REST HERE

President Pledges Crackdown on Albino Killings

Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete promised to end a wave of killings of albinos, saying the witchcraft-related murders were shaming his east African nation.

Activists say attackers have killed at least 75 albinos in Tanzania since 2000 to use their body parts in rituals...READ THE REST HERE