Monday, 2 February 2009

Finn’s Facts: Pinda is a caring premier concerned by the plight of albinos

From This Day, Dar es Salaam

IN a statement, Canadian founder and director of Under the Same Sun, Peter Ash, wrote: ’’We are being hunted like animals ’’please help us!!’’ In his statement, Mr Ash warned that archaic beliefs by some people in the Lake Victoria region is endangering survival of some 170,000 people with albinism in the country.

Ash, himself an albino, described the reception accorded his delegation which visited Mwanza and other lake regions where albino killings are rampant on a fact finding tour last year, as hostile. ’’Deal, deal’’! They shouted at the delegation which included people with albinism from the United States, South Africa and hosts Tanzania.

Prime Minister Mizengo Kayanza Pinda on Thursday last week defended his statement that albino and elderly women murderers who are caught red handed should be lynched. Mr Pinda, who is a lawyer by profession, stirred a controversy which prompted the official opposition in Parliament to demand his resignation.

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