“To hear that the government has finally decided to increase the funding towards this plan is refreshing to the ears and minds,” write Mtambo and Trapence in their weekly Minority Rights Forum in the September 14, 2019 edition of Weekend Nation.
According to the budget statement presented in Parliament on Monday by the Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha, government has made an allocation of MK400million for the implementation of the National Action Plan for the protection of people with albinism.
In addition to this, MK600million under the Decent and Affordable Housing project has been earmarked for the construction of houses for persons with albinism.
“When you combine the two budgets lines, you have a whooping MK1billion paycheck all going towards persons with albinism. This is a step towards right direction. As human rights defenders, this is what we have been advocating for all along,” said the two.
However, the two rights activists said the country should remain vigilant, as “a lot remains to be done to secure the rights of our brothers and sisters with albinism.
“It is not a secret that attacks on persons with albinism are fueled by the false and dangerous beliefs that body parts of persons with albinism can make someone rich. Therefore, there is need to confront these myths and erroneous belie through national wide campaign to raise awareness, particularly in rural communities.”