By Nick Kayange:
National Coordinatorfor Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), Menard Zachariah has said the association will soon start constructing 28 houses for persons with albinism in 13 districts of the country.
Zachariah disclosed that government has allocated about K400 million for the project in the 2021/2022 financial year.
“We have been meeting all manner of people such as the Ministry of Lands and the Ministry of Gender including district councils discussing how we are going to implement the project as well as sharing ideas on how to go about it,” said Zachariah.
Zachariah said APAM has already worked on the plans for the houses and would soon go back to the district to implement the project.
“Let it be known that these are houses meant for people with albinism whose lives have recently been under threat. The houses are meant to provide better security and also improve the well-being of people with albinism,” he said.
Zachariah added: “Selection of the beneficiaries in the 13 districts has been done based on the vulnerability of the district and the rate of threat cases.”
Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development, Enock Chingoni said procurement process has already started, noting that very soon, the project would roll out.
“All the key stakeholders in the project have been consulted and we have advised them to adhere to principles of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the project.
“It is our hope that once the houses have been constructed, they will provide security to persons with albinism as they are all being built with durable materials,” Chingoni said.
According to Chingoni, Karonga, Mzimba, Ntcheu, Dedza, Mulanje, Nsanje, Mwanza and Neno are the first districts to benefit from the project.