Malawi police have arrested seven people with albinism allegedly for causing havoc in the capital city, Lilongwe.

The seven, who are members of the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), were part of a group that staged a protest and blocked the country’s backbone road, M1, in the capital on Saturday.

The APAM members were protesting President Peter Mutharika’s failure to attend an expected meeting with them.

The government on Friday announced that the president will meet APAM members in the northern city of Mzuzu where Mutharika had been since Tuesday.

However, in the wake of flooding caused by rain, the president cut short his stay in the north to attend to flood victims in the south.

Authorities said on Saturday that Mutharika shifted his program to meet the APAM members to a later date after visiting the flood victims.

The persons with albinism blocked Mutharika on Saturday in the capital forcing the police to intervene and arrest the seven, reports said.

On Wednesday, persons with albinism took to the streets in the capital to present a petition to Mutharika in the wake of abductions and killings of persons with albinism.

Malawi Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the arrests, saying the seven have been charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

“It’s actually sad to see that people that actually need utmost care and utmost security from us were running rampage, causing havoc,” Kadadzera told local media.

He said the seven will not be placed in a police cell and that they will be released on bail pending court appearance. Enditem


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