Magufuli Vows War Against Albino Killings

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Tanzanian Presidential candidate John Magufuli has vowed to intensify the war against killing albinos – a growing problem in Lake Zone regions.

The area has seen a rise in horrific crimes against people with albinism in recent years, with witchdoctors fuelling superstition that their body parts can bring fortune and good luck. The kidnapping, mutilation and murder of people with albinism has become a brutal recurrence in parts of the country.

Magufuli to fight against albino killings

CCM candidate Magufuli has vowed to fight against the violent crimes against people with albinism and other forms of discrimination, should he win the upcoming election on October 25.

“I am going to ensure this inhuman act is ended once and for all,” he is quoted as saying. “All people must live freely [and] I assure you that I will fight this heinous act to the end.”

He also called on the Lake Zone regions of Geita, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Simiyu to join him in the battle against discrimination. These regions have become notorious for brutal crimes against people with albinism and the elderly.

Equality in Tanzania

Magufuli has promised to build a peaceful Tanzania, where equality guarantees its citizens their basic rights.

“If I win, I will be your president and I will work for every Tanzanian,” he says. “I won’t care whether you are UKAWA, ACT or CCM; whether you are Muslim, Christian or pagan. You will all be mine and I will ensure you are all protected and respected.”

Polls recently suggested Magufuli is the clear favourite in the build up to next month’s elections. Disputes over the polls accuracy have been raised, but a victory for Magufuli on October 25 would extend CCM’s rule in the country since it first came to power in 1992.

 

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Albinistic girl papua new guinea” by The original uploader was Muntuwandi at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.